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December 2, 2021

Six officers charged in spy case

Six officers were charged with neglect in handling classified information in an espionage case in connection with which there are investigated Romanian national Floricel Achim and Bulgarian citizen Marinov Zikolov, according to judicial sources quoted by Realitatea TV. The six officers concerned, who worked at the military unit where Achim too worked, were summoned yesterday at the Organised Crime and Terrorist Activities Investigation Directorate (DIICOT). Upon exiting the DIICOT building, Achim’s lawyer, Simona Tache, said the six officers made no statements before investigators, suggesting they were read the charges. The six are Lieutenant-Colonels Costica Lupu, Mihai Fercheliuc and Adrian Mandroiu, Major Costel Munteanu and Captains Dragos Petrisor and Ovidiu Mihai Baba.

Achim, an army NCO, is charged with providing during 2002-2007 secret and state security documents, including military communications, radar frequencies, NATO standard maps, sketches and maps of certain subunits and military techniques, unit indicatives and defence plans, according to the Bucharest Court of Criminal Appeals, which ordered Achim’s arrest on February 28, 2009. Achim sold the documents for sums up to USD 1,000. Judges say Achim attended several training courses and had a rich experience in the field. During working hours, he had access to one of the unit’s computers, wherefrom he obtained military information whenever he could, having made sure nobody could see him. The court says the accused transferred the secret documents onto a memory stick ‘at random, in bulk, whatever he could copy.’

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