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Parliament OKs arrest of key politician for corruption probe

February 9, 2015

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Lawmakers have approved a request to arrest of one of the most influential politicians of the last decade who prosecutors accuse of wide-ranging corruption charges.

Parliament voted late Monday to allow Elena Udrea, a lawmaker, to be prosecuted and arrested in three cases following a parliamentary committee vote last week to allow a probe against her.

Prosecutors want to arrest Udrea on suspicion of undeclared income, money laundering, taking bribes from a boxing gala she organized and on suspicion of involvement in the illegal licensing of software in schools.

Udrea told lawmakers the request by prosecutors for her arrest was an abuse and she left Parliament before the vote.

A former tourism minister and candidate in Nov. presidential elections, Udrea, 41, gained notoriety due to her close relationship with Traian Basescu, president from 2004 to 2014.

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