The chief of the Intelligence and Internal Protection Department was relieved from duty at the proposal of the minister of Interior, Gabriel Oprea.
The chief of the Intelligence and Internal Protection Department (DGIPI), Gelu-Marin Oltean, was dismissed by decision of Premier Victor Ponta, published Monday in the Official Gazette. According to the decision, the chief of DGIPI – a structure of the Ministry of Interior (MAI) – is relieved from duty starting Monday. No decision for replacing him appeared in the Monday’s edition of the gazette.
Premier Victor Ponta told Mediafax that the chief of DGIPI, Gelu-Marin Oltean, was dismissed at the proposal of the pertinent minister, Gabriel Oprea. Oltean will receive other assignments with MAI, Ponta added.
The Ministry of Interior later informed that Oltean was relieved from duty at his request and will be replaced by one of his deputies, until a replacement is formally nominated. “At the proposal of the vice-premier in charge with national security, the minister of Interior, Gabriel Oprea, Prime-Minister Victor Ponta approved the relieving of principal police questor Gelu Oltean, from the duty of chief of the Intelligence and Internal Protection Department of the MAI,” reads a communique. Until a new chief is appointed, the interim position will be secured by a deputy of Oltean, Gheorghe Nicolae, state undersecretary with the same department, MAI informs.
At the end of 2012, the Intelligence and Internal Protection Department (DGIPI) of MAI, whose management team was appointed by the Ministry of Interior, was reorganized as department, coordinated by a state secretary, helped by two state undersecretaries appointed and dismissed by the prime minister. Gelu Oltean, appointed as DGIPI chief in April 2012, was reconfirmed in office at the beginning of January 2013, by Premier Victor Ponta, as he was appointed state secretary chief of DGIPI.
According to sources quoted by Hotnews.ro, Gelu Oltean is involved in the Uioreanu and Isaila cases. The former chief of DGIPI was negotiating with the former president of CJ Cluj, Horia Uioreanu (PNL), indicted for corruption, the nomination of police chiefs in Cluj.