Former Romanian minister Elena Udrea released from prison into house arrest

Romania’s High Court decided on Thursday, May 7, to free former tourism minister Elena Udrea from the penitentiary and to place her under house arrest.

Udrea was arrested on February 25 on corruption charges. The Romanian anticorruption authority DNA prosecuted the former minister and several others for the illegal financing of a boxing gala with public funds.

The prosecutors also indicted Udrea in another case related to the illegal purchase of Microsoft IT licenses by state authorities from private companies. Udrea’s former husband Dorin Cocos was also impeached in this case along several others.

Udrea also spent a week in police arrest, from February 11 until February 17, during DNA’s investigation in the Microsoft case.

She complained about the detention conditions.

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