Former Romanian minister Elena Udrya can get rid of all cases after her extradition from Bulgaria, the Romanian press writes. The Court of Appeal in Bucharest will ask the court in Blagoevgrad what are the conditions of her extradition to Romania and whether they allow her to be tried in the remaining cases that have been filed against her after she was handed over to the Romanian authorities to serve her six-year prison sentence, reports the website Ziare, quoted by BTA.
The former Minister of Tourism and Regional Development participated today via video conference in a session of the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, which is to determine the last term in the “Hydroelectricity” case, in which she is accused of influence peddling and money laundering in connection with the sum of 5 million euros received by businessman Bogdan Buzjanu.
Udrya is currently in Thurgshore Women’s Prison, where she is serving a six-year prison sentence for corruption in the “Galavecher na Bute” case.
Judge Corina Ciobanu from the Court of Appeal in Bucharest decided to send an inquiry to the Bulgarian authorities to find out whether after the extradition from Bulgaria, Elena Udrya can still be tried in the other cases that are ongoing in the Romanian courts.
According to the so-called “specialty rule” provided in a 2004 law, a person surrendered as a result of extradition cannot be prosecuted, tried, detained for the purpose of execution of a sentence or subjected to any other restriction of his personal liberty for any and to be an action before the surrender, different from that for which the extradition was ordered, Agerpress specifies.
Essentially, the judge wants to know if the Bulgarian judicial authorities have decided that Elena Udrya will be extradited to Romania only for the Galavecher de Bute case, which means that she cannot be tried in the other ongoing court cases.
Although Elena Udrea’s lawyer stated that there had been no such discussion in the Bulgarian courts, the judge insisted that an inquiry be sent to the neighboring country to clarify the terms of extradition.
Two cases are currently pending against Elena Udrya: the “Hydroelectricity” case, in which she is accused of influence peddling and money laundering in 2011, and the case of financing the election campaign of Traian Basescu in 2009, in which she has already received eight-year prison sentence, and an appeal is currently pending before the Supreme Court.