BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s Parliament has voted to allow a formal criminal investigation of a former presidential candidate accused of money-laundering and making false statements.
A parliamentary committee voted 20-1 Wednesday to allow prosecutors to investigate Elena Udrea, one of the most influential politicians of the past decade.
She is being probed on suspicion she failed to declare money she received in 2010 from her then-husband, as she is required to do as a lawmaker. Since her indictment last week she has threatened to release damning information on politicians and journalists.
Udrea has denied wrongdoing. Her ex-husband, Dorin Cocos, is charged with taking a bribe of nine million euros ($10.1 million).
A former tourism minister, Udrea, 41, gained notoriety because of her close relationship with Traian Basescu, president from 2004 to 2014.