Several people, including Elena Udrea (Romanian politician), Ioana Basescu (daughter of former president Traian Basescu) and Dan Andronic (journalist and political adviser - ed.n.) are sent to court by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors in the case regarding the financing of the presidential campaign in 2009.
Elena Udrea, minister of Tourism and Regional Development at the time, who was directly involved in Traian Basescu's campaign, as candidate for the presidential election in 2009, was sent to court for the crime of instigating to bribery (2 charges) and money laundering (5 charges), according to DNA.
Ioana Basescu, a notary public, daughter of former President Traian Basescu, will be tried for instigation to embezzlement and money laundering (2 charges), and journalist Dan Andronic is charged with perjury and favoring the perpetrator.
In the same case were also sent to court Gheorghe Nastasia, General Secretary of the Ministry of Development at the time, accused of bribery, Victor Tarhon, former president of the Tulcea County Council, charged with bribery, Ioan Silviu Wagner, General manager of a state-owned company at the time of the deed, accused of embezzlement.
The prosecutors argue that in 2009, in the context of the presidential electoral campaign, sums of money from corruption, embezzlement and tax evasion were collected, and were later used for the payment of services provided during the electoral campaign.
"The link between people who illegally obtained money and campaign service providers was assured by the defendant Udrea Elena Gabriela. She led one of the candidates' informal campaign staff and, from this position, she coordinated both campaign service purchases, as well as the people who acted as intermediaries for the payments, so that the sums of money reach the providing companies. The delivery of the undue benefits was dissimulated by fictitious contracts concluded with companies that actually performed services during the electoral campaign, namely street advertising, printing of posters, advertisements in the media, making websites, monitoring the press, organizing shows and providing consulting services," further mentions DNA.