Ciorogarla gun-thieves’ sentences reduced

The Military Court of Appeal pronounced yesterday a final decision, reducing the sentences of the 11 military cadres deferred to justice in the UM Ciorogarla gun-theft case, from 15 to three years in prison, reports. Initially condemned for negligence, charges against the military men were now changed to violation of an order, an offence punishable by sentences ranging between one and three years. The Ciorogarla gun-theft was the greatest gun-theft ever committed in a Romanian military unit. Several dozen guns went missing from the Ciorogarla storehouse. Some days after the theft was discovered, 17 military cadres were forced to step down, including the chief of the Military Aviation, the Counter-Intelligence Service chief and the head of the Military Police.

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