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Saturday, 23 May, 1998, 17:45 GMT 18:45 UK
Shake-up of scandal-hit Romanian security service

A Romanian security service implicated in a major cigarette smuggling scandal is to lose a quarter of its staff, or over three-hundred-and-fifty people, in the first phase of a restructuring plan.

The newly appointed head of the Special Security Forces, Anghel Andreescu, said he wanted professionals to staff the agency, which has the task of protecting Romanian and foreign dignitaries.

His predecessor resigned last month after one of his deputies -- now under arrest -- was accused of being behind an attempt to smuggle a consignment of cigarettes worth over a million dollars into the country.

On Friday the Supreme Defence Council disbanded a smaller agency, known as "military unit 0215", on the grounds that it was carrying on practices from the Communist era.

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