Former Regional Development and Tourism minister, Elena Udrea was arrested for 30 days on Wednesday night. Yet, the ruling is not final and it could be appealed in the same court. The announcement was made by one of Udrea’s lawyers, Marius Striblea who said the prosecutors’ arrest proposal was partially admitted, as the judge didn’t take into account the money laundering charge, but only the bribery accusation.
The lawyer criticized the fact that all those who informed against Udrea are free, while the persons who refused to report her are arrested.
A few hours later, Udrea posted on Facebook that she is confident the preventive arrest action will be dropped out at the appeal on Monday. She mentioned she had no access to phone or Internet, so that she would communicate her opinions through her lawyer.
Moreover, Udrea slammed all bribery accusations, calling them “fables launched in the public space to stamp her as guilty”. “I have never asked anything from anybody- the less from some persons whom I considered friends at a certain point. I haven’t received not even a centime from anybody, either in the car, at my place or at my party or ministry’s offices,” also reads Udrea’s Facebook post.
According to the National Anti-corruption Directorate, Udrea is prosecuted for three influence peddling charges regarding the Microsoft licenses contracts clenched in 2009, regarding the e-Romanian contract course and regarding the receiving of EUR 500,000, as well as for money laundering.
In Microsoft file, Udrea is accused she asked EUR 500,000 from businessman Dinu Pescariu, former tennis player, in order to “solve some justice-related issues” in his favor.
At the same time, Udrea and her former husband Dorin Cocos would have dissimulated the bribery received for assigning the Microsoft licenses contract by the voluntary conveyance and purchase of several buildings, thus trying to hide the illegal money circuit.
Moreover, the former Communication minister, Gabriel Sandu told prosecutors he bought the Microsoft licenses and concluded the licensing contract following pressures made by Elena Udrea and other persons from the Democrat Liberal Party’s leadership on him.
As for the e-Romania contract, the former Tourism minister allegedly received undue benefits of about EUR 3.6 million for using her influence so that the payments of the contract would be unblocked.
Dorin Cocos, presently serving a pre-trial jail sentence, is accused in the Microsoft file he would have asked and received EUR 9 M from two businessmen, Dinu Pescariu being one of them, so that, through Udrea’s agency, their companies should win the Microsoft licenses contract. Investigators also claim that in 2010, Cocos, in agreement with Udrea, would have asked EUR 3 M from a businessman in order to unblock the payments associated with e-Romania contract.