Ex-presidential candidate, favorite of Romania's ex-president, indicted for money-laundering

Prosecutors have indicted a former presidential candidate, who was one of Romania's most influential politicians in recent years, on suspicion of money-laundering and making false statements.

Anti-corruption prosecutors questioned Elena Udrea Thursday on suspicion that she failed to declare money she received in 2010 from her then-husband, as she is legally required to do as a lawmaker. Udrea has denied wrongdoing about her finances in the past.

A former tourism minister, Udrea gained notoriety due to her close relationship with Traian Basescu, president from 2004 to 2014.

Basescu supported Udrea's bid to run for president in November's elections, where she came fourth. He indicated he would join her Popular Movement Party once he left office, but eventually did not.