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Former Gendarmerie heads indicted over illegal hirings

High Court prosecutors have completed an investigation into illegal hirings at the Interior Ministry and indicted seven people, including former head of Romanian Gendarmerie Olimpiodor Antonescu and his former first deputy, Nicolaie Rugina. Antonescu was charged with negligence in duty and Rugina will stand trial for abuse of position and forgery, according to Mediafax.

The two are accused of having helped four people obtain leading positions in the Gendarmerie, without having to undergo the necessary checks and tests for such jobs. Their application files were also incomplete, lacking several essential documents. A police chief, former secretary general of the Interior Ministry, Constantin Baci, was also charged with abuse of position for continuing hirings in the Gendarmerie and the Emergency Situations Inspectorate in 2009 despite a specific order of the interior minister cancelling all new job openings. The case will be tried at the High Court.

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