The applications filed by former Tourism Minister Elena Udrea and former DIICOT chief Alina Bica for the status of political refugee in Costa Rica will be reanalyzed, following the decision of the Administrative Court for Immigration, which cancelled a first resolution rejecting their requests, the Costa Rican media report, quoting statements made by the two defendants’ lawyers.
Several weeks ago, the Committee for Refugees made up by the Labour Minister, Ministers of Security and Foreign Affairs, has rejected the applications filed by the two Romanian former officials.
Following the appeal, the decision was cancelled by the Administrative Court for Immigration.
The lawyer said the court has found ‘serious defects’ in the analysis conducted by the first court and has asked the committee to reanalyze the file, digi24.ro reports.
Elena Udrea and Alina Bica have been heard by the Committee for Refugees in order to decide if they have the right to asylum. The decision is pending.
Early in December reports said that former Tourism Minister Elena Udrea and former DIICOT chief Alina Bica, imprisoned in Costa Rica, were one step closer to extradition after the court’s decision on November 28 to prolong the remand until the completion of the extradition procedure, which could commence very soon. The ruling was not limited to 60 days.
Elena Udrea and Alina Bica were taken into custody by Interpol on October 3 and are ever since behind bars in San Jose jail.
The Constitutional Court in San Jose ruled in late November that Elena Udrea and Alina Bica are imprisoned in conditions that meet the standards. Journalist Victor Ciutacu quoted sources saying that the magistrates have also decided that Elena Udrea could raise her recently born girl behind bars.
Former Tourism Minister Elena Udrea and former DIICOT chief, Alina Bica, have been imprisoned in October in the El Buen Pastor penitentiary, named since 2017 Vilma Curling Rivera.
Diarioextra.com reported at the time that the two women spent lots of money in Costa Rica, probably money received from a compatriot. The article was titled: ‘The Romanians lived in luxury, had no occupation and no banking data. Corruption suspects received money every day’.
Elena Udrea and Alina Bica were detained by Interpol in Costa Rica. The two, under APB warrant to serve sentences handed down by Romanian justice, were approached in the street.
Former Tourism Minister, Elena Udrea, has a final sentence of six years imprisonment, and former DIICOT chief, Alina Bica, has to serve four years in prison.
Elena Udrea fled Romania four months before being sentenced in the ‘Bute Gala’ file, she has flown to Costa Rica, a country which does not have an extradition treaty with Romania.
Elena Udrea has given birth, in Costa Rica, on September 20, before the term. Elena Udrea’s first child is named Eva Maria.
file photo: Elena Udrea and Alina Bica in Costa Rica