‘The Lady’ of Romanian politics, detained in large-scale corruption case

Elena Udrea, arguably the most famous woman in Romanian politics, was last night detained for 24 hours and taken into police arrest following a two weeks’ saga which culminated Monday evening with the lawmakers giving the prosecutors green light for her arrest.

Udrea left the headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) wearing handcuffs, after a 10-hour marathon hearing. “Did you expect anything else? You can handcuff Elena Udrea, but cannot handcuff the truth” she told the myriad of journalists waiting for her outside.

Her lawyer said she had been detained on two counts of peddling of influence and one of money laundry.

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