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August 6, 2021
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Court supervision on former minister Elena Udrea, extended by anti-corruption prosecutors

The anti-corruption prosecutors have extended the judicial supervision on bail in the criminal case of former minister Elena Udrea.

Udrea, who showed up on Thursday at the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Hqs., in Bucharest, learned that the judicial supervision on her, established on October 30, which was to expire on December 30, is extended.

On October 19, the DNA prosecutors have decided that the former minister was to be investigated under court supervision on a 5-million lei bail (over 1 million euro).

Elena Udrea is accused with repeated bribery, repeated influence peddling, instigation to abuse of office to obtain undue advantages for themselves, performing of financial operations incompatible with position or closing of financial transactions by using privileged information, repeated money laundering, repeated false declaration of assets (with reference to the declarations of assets from 2009 – 2012).

According to the DNA, in 2010, as a minister and person with management job in the (then) ruling Democrat Liberal Party (PDL), with an influence upon the decision-makers with the Economy Ministry and the SC Hidroelectrica SA, Udrea claimed from a businessman through a middleman, 5 million dollars to ensure for the company the former was controlling the further continuation of the bilateral contract of sale of electricity with SC Hidroelectrica SA.

“In order to perform her influence, (…) at the beginning of 2012, she received from the same businessman through a middleman 3,800,000 dollars and a 900,000 euro debt owned by one of the companies controlled by the said businessman as a result of a loan guaranteed with the 90pct stake in a media company,” the prosecutors say.

Prosecutors also say that Elena Udrea would have taken advantage of the influence she had as a minister to buy through intermediaries, below the market price, a house at the Black Sea coast, which she had rehabilitated with money from the company that had the contract with the ministry.

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