Romania: 6 gov't officials on embezzlement charges

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say six senior interior ministry officials have been indicted on suspicion of embezzlement and making false statements.

Prosecutors said Monday they had indicted Rares Vaduva, head of an intelligence agency subordinated to the Interior Ministry, and five former senior officials from the same department for allegedly abusing ministry funds, abusing their position and making false statements.

Prosecutors questioned the six officials Monday. They declined to comment. The statement said they took money for themselves, claiming it was for work-related costs.

Liviu Iolu, spokesman for Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, said Vaduva would be suspended because of the indictment.

Prosecutors say investigations are continuing in the case.

Romania has seven intelligence agencies, including the one that is subordinated to the interior ministry.

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