DGIPI head replaced, sources say

Police Commissary Cristian Gheorghe Latcau has been replaced from his post of general director of the Internal Security and Protection Department (DGIPI) with the Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI), Mediafax quoted official sources as saying.According to Democrat-Liberal sources quoted by HotNews.ro, Premier Mihai Razvan Unugureanu is going to appoint Chief Commissary Mihai Pintilei in Latcau’s place. Pintilei is the head of the Traffic Police Department of the Police Inspectorate in Iasi, the native city of Premier Ungureanu. The PM’s intention reportedly sparked discontent in Democrat-Liberal quarters given Pintilei’s lack of experience in the intelligence field. DGIPI is the intelligence unit of the Interior Ministry. Among the department’s duties, securing public order, preventing and combating threats to national security regarding the missions, personnel and classified ministerial information. Cristian Gheorghe Latcau was appointed DGIPI head on Dec 22, 2010 by former interior minister Traian Igas.

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