Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Wednesday that the extradition of Elena Udrea, sentenced to 6 years in prison in the Bute Boxing Gala dossier, is possible even in the absence of a bilateral extradition agreement. He added that there is a precedent in that regard and that another case of extradition from Costa Rica is already on the docket.
He pointed out that, so far, the Justice Ministry (JM) has not received any document regarding the extradition request, but that the institution will communicate at every moment the stage it is in.
“We know that the Police has lodged the request with the court that made the ruling and with the issuer of the arrest warrant. In conclusion, the court must verify the conditions, must turn to the Justice Ministry, which, in its turn, must verify and formulate the extradition request. So far, the Justice Ministry hasn’t received any request, any report on the extradition procedure of the person we are talking about, a procedure that is in the first stage of progress,” Tudorel Toader stated.
Likewise, the minister explained that the duration of the extradition process depends on the Costa Rican legislation.
“At this moment we do not have a bilateral treaty with the Republic of Costa Rica in the field of extradition. However, cooperation in this field can take place based on two distinct procedures. The first procedure, based on international courtesy, with the insurance of reciprocity, and I want to emphasise that we had, as precedent, such a case of extradition from the Republic of Costa Rica. And secondly, at this moment, on the docket there is an ongoing case of extradition from the Republic of Costa Rica, other than the one we are talking about. The second procedure of extradition can be done based on multilateral conventions whose parties the two states are. One thing must be verified here: the field of regulation of the said convention must be circumscribed to the typology of the nature of the crimes committed by the person who is about to be extradited,” Toader explained.
The minister emphasised that the duration of the extradition procedure depends on the legislation of the Republic of Costa Rica, and that the absence of a bilateral treaty does not impede the extradition procedure.
Tudorel Toader did not say whether Elena Udrea’s request to obtain the status of political refugee might impede this procedure.
Romanian Police issue international alert on indicted former minister Udrea
The Romanian Police have issued an international alert on former Tourism Minister Elena Udrea, recently convicted of bribe taking and abuse of office. They posted a picture of her on their website after on Tuesday evening requesting the court to issue a European arrest warrant on her name and an application for international alert.
Elena Udrea after court ruling: Establishment still exists and functions, the judicial protocols and gauntlets are still efficient. There are still judges and prosecutors who carry out the orders of SRI generals
Former Regional Development Minister Elena Udrea – who is currently in Costa Rica – reacted on Facebook to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the six-year prison sentence ruled against her in the Bute Boxing Gala dossier. She thanked her supporters and the press which “is waging a battle for the truth and for stopping the abuses in Romania that is fiercer and more determined that the one waged by the people’s representatives.” Elena Udrea claims that “the establishment still exists and functions, the judicial protocols and gauntlets are still efficient, and there are still judges and prosecutors who carry out the orders of SRI generals.”
“I thank all those who believed and still believe in my justice, all those who supported me, who support me, who prayed and are praying for me! I thank the press, who waged and is waging a battle for the truth and for stopping the abuses in Romania that is fiercer and more determined than the one waged by the representatives of the people, the ones who should have the obligation to wage it. The establishment still exists and functions, the judicial protocols and gauntlets are still efficient, there are still judges and prosecutors who carry out the orders of SRI generals,” Elena Udrea wrote.
She added that she will no longer make any statements until she decides what to do next.
“Until I decide what I’ll do next, please accept that I’ll no longer give any statements. God bless all,” Udrea concluded her message.
She had recently stated for RomaniaTV that “it would be absurd” for her to receive a final prison sentence in the Bute Boxing Gala dossier since there is a document that allegedly proves her innocence. “Why would I go to jail for six years just because Coldea and Kovesi want that?” Udrea said, announcing that she will present her case at the United Nations. Udrea claimed she would return to Romania if her dossier is reopened on the docket of a “fair” court, and that, if that happens, she will look for means “for that sentence to be abolished at one point.”