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May 8, 2021

Former SRI director Timofte dies

Radu Timofte, former director of the Romanian Intelligence Agency (SRI) director died yesterday morning, aged 60. The former PSD senator was suffering from leukemia, according to sources in his entourage. Born on April 7, 1949 in Neamt County, Timofte graduated from the Military Academy in Bucharest and was an officer in the National Defense Ministry until 1988. Between 1990 and 2001 he was a senator on the Social Democratic Party’s lists; in 2001 he became head of the Intelligence Agency, position which he held for five years. In 2006 he resigned his position, following the scandal due to the release and elopement of Syrian Omar Hayssam, accused of having orchestrated the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq. In June 2009, Timofte was sent to trial in an anti-corruption case of forgery and abuse of position. SRI in a press release voiced regret over his death, saying that Timofte was “one of the people who avidly supported Romanian interests abroad, who cared for national security.” Former PM Adrian Nastase also said, “I am sad to find out about the death of another colleague, so soon after Ovidiu Musetescu’s death yesterday. My thoughts go to his family and dear ones.” “He was an honorable man, a reliable one,” said former president Ion Iliescu.

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