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Ex-Ministers Boagiu and Videanu questioned by DNA prosecutors in Elena Udrea’s new file

National Liberal Party (PNL) Senator Anca Boagiu on Wednesday reported to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to be interviewed in the case where Elena Udrea is under investigation on probation.

On Wednesday, Adriean Videanu, former Minister of Economy in the Boc Government, also came to DNA, where he said he had been invited as a witness.

After seeing the prosecutors, Anca Boagiu said she did not know the businessman Bogdan Buzoianu and that she did not know anything about the subject under investigation.
‘What I had to say is already in my formal deposition’, Boagiu said.
PNL Co-president Vasile Blaga and PNL Vice-President Ioan Oltean had been also interviewed by the prosecutors the day before.

Elena Udrea has been charged with taking bribe, influence peddling, instigation to abuse of power obtaining undue benefits for self, performance of financial operations incompatible with the office held or of financial transactions using information obtained by virtue of the office, money laundering, misrepresentation in financial disclosure declarations (regarding her assets disclosure forms for the 2009 – 2012 period).


Elena Udrea received five-day term to pay her bail

Prosecutors of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) decided on Monday to grant Elena Udrea five days to submit guarantees and funds for the payment of the RON 5 million bail, established for probation. The former Minister Elena Udrea appeared on Tuesday at the headquarters at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) in the file she was investigated on probation on bail. She demanded prosecutors to allow her to submit bail from the goods they have seized.
“I came for documents of procedure destined to continue the activity in last week’s file”, Elena Udrea declared at the exit of DNA headquarters.

According to judiciary sources, Elena Udrea has come to clarify the topic of goods she cannot use as bail, after having declared that she had no money to pay the RON 5-million caution, Agerpres reports.

DNA prosecutors ordered last Friday the release on probation, in the file the Parliament approved the beginning of the inquiry and her retaining, but not preventive arrest, as a bail of RON 5 million was established.

In this file, prosecutors accused Elena Udrea of continued bribe taking, continued influence peddling, instigation to abuse of office and gaining undeserved benefit for oneself, completing financial operations incompatible with her public position or completing financial operations using information gained due to her position, continued money laundering, continued false declarations of wealth (referring to her declarations of wealth issued during 2009 — 2012).

Elena Udrea is accused that, in 2010, in her quality as a Minister and as a person with a position of leadership in the party, owning influence over decision makers inside the Ministry of Economy and SC Hidroelectrica SA, she demanded from a businessman, through an intermediate, the sum of USD 5 million, to keep granting the company he controlled the continued application of the electricity sale and purchase contract with SC Hidroelectrica SA.

“In order to exercise her influence (…), at the beginning of the year 2012, she received from the same businessman, through an intermediate, the sum of USD 3,800,000 and a loan of EUR 900,000 one of the companies he controlled had owned as a result of a loan guaranteed with a package of 90 per cent of the shares to a media company”, investigators declared.
Prosecutors also revealed that Elena Udrea has allegedly used her influence as a Minister to buy, through intermediates, under the price of the market, a villa at the seaside she has allegedly restored with money from the company that had had a contract with the Ministry.

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