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January 31, 2023

Vasile Blaga interviewed by prosecutors following Elena Udrea’s statements

PNL Co-president Vasile Blaga was interviewed by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors as a witness on Tuesday.
The interview follows a statement made by MP Elena Udrea, prosecuted in a total of four corruption cases, suggesting she was aware of the existence of very high sums that reached not her, but the Liberal Democratic Party (PDL) the president of which at the time was Vasile Blaga. The money – she alleges – was spent on the 2012 election campaign.
‘When he arrived to the DNA building, Vasile Blaga said he was unaware of any such things.
‘God forbid! I didn’t even know about such thing. No way, I don’t know anything. Never!’ was Vasile Blaga’s answer to the insistent journalists’ questions.

Blaga I’ve stated I know nothing of 3-million euro/US-dollar sponsorship from Buzaianu

Vasile Blaga said Tuesday, upon leaving the offices of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), that he told prosecutors very clearly that he knows nothing of an alleged sponsorship of 3 million euros or US dollars from Bogdan Buzaianu.

“I was summoned as a witness in the case that you already know. I have stated very clearly that I know nothing of any 3-million-euro/US-dollar sponsorship from Mr Buzaianu and that the matter was never discussed in the party, at least not in my presence,” said Blaga.

About the question journalists put him when entering the DNA offices about the possibility that former head of the National Investment Corporation (CNI) Ana Maria Topoliceanu might have bought money to the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), Blaga said there was no statement from him on the matter. “Maybe it was Mrs Udrea. There was no statement from Mrs Topoliceanu that I was in a room where a bag with I do not know what was brought in,” said Blaga.

About his name having been mentioned in relation to illegal funding of parties by defendants Gabriel Sandu, Dorin Cocos and Darius Valcoc, Blaga said his answer was always that he had no involvement. “There is no connection between me and some illegal business or illegal sponsorships of this kind,” said Blaga.

Elena Udrea’s statements were made last week, on the occasion of her hearing by the Legal Affairs Committee in the forth criminal case where DNA asked to be allowed to detain and arrest her.
Ana Maria Topoliceanu is also said to have told the DNA prosecutors that she took a bag full of money to Elena Udrea and Vasile Blaga, to the PDL headquarters. The former head of the National Investment Company (CNI), an institution reporting directly to the Ministry of Development, at the time headed by Elena Udrea, alleges ion her DNA denunciation that the bag of money was from Bogdan Buzoianu, ex-owner of Energy Holding. The denunciation is enclosed with the file received by the Chamber of Deputies together with the request to allow the prosecution and arrest of Elena Udrea.

According to the source, Udrea’s ex-husband, Dorin Cocos, also filed a denunciation on Vasile Blaga earlier in the year, claiming that he had given him money for PDL.
The DNA prosecutors instituted on Friday a probation order setting a bail of RON 5 M in the case of Elena Udrea in the case where the Parliament had consented to her being prosecuted and detained, but not to her preventive arrest.
The prosecutors also say that Elena Udrea used her influence as a minister for buying, via other persons, below market price, a villa on the Black Sea Coast which she supposedly had renovated with money from the company that had been awarded a contract by her ministry.

Oltean reports as witness to anticorruption authority offices in Elena Udrea’s case

Ioan Oltean, a Vice-Chairman of the former Democratic Liberal Party and currently Vice-Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), reported on Tuesday to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) offices to be heard in the case where former minister Elena Udrea is being probed under bail supervision.

Oltean was summoned as a witness in the case.

“I am summoned as a witness and came readily. I assure you I am fully willing to cooperate with the case prosecutor,” said Oltean upon entering the DNA headquarters.

In connection with the financing of election campaigns from ill-gotten money, Oltean said he has no such information. “Only those who claim this can tell you,” he said.

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