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Romanian Foreign Intelligence chief resigns

Luni, 19 martie 2007, 0:00


Claudiu Saftoiu, the head of Romania’s Foreign Intelligence Service - SIE, submitted his resignation to the Parliament on Monday, a SIE press release says. The document says President Traian basescu as head of the Supreme Defense Council was informed about the resignation.

The resignation comes as opposition parties have called for the creation of a commission to check Saftoiu’s statements before another parliamentary commission that investigates alleged breaches of the Romanian Constitution by President Basescu. Saftoiu said there that his service was tapping telephone calls with the agreement of the prosecutor general, which would be illegal.

He later said his statements in this regard were erroneous.

Saftoiu, a former presidential aide, was confirmed as director of SIE in early October last year.

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