Tuesday, January 18, 2011

AP: Romania's government fires its 2 top police officers over alleged illegal hiring of staff

BUCHAREST, Romania - A Romanian government official says the country's two top police officers have been fired after a probe revealed that they illegally hired staff.

Interior Ministry official Ioan Dascalu says prosecutors have charged Gendarme chief Olimpiodar Antonescu and his deputy Nicolae Rugina over an alleged abuse of their position. Three other officers have been dismissed in the case as well.

Monday's firing comes after months of tensions between the gendarmes and President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Boc, who were angry about a police protest outside the presidential palace in September.

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