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Paper Says Romanian Securitate Official Killed In Embassy Confrontation

January 2, 1990

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ The security chief at the Romanian Embassy was shot and killed by its staff after dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, a Greek newspaper reported today.

Government spokesman Pavlos Pavlopoulos said the Public Order Ministry was investigating the allegation. He would not elaborate.

The newspaper Eleftherotypia said the unidentified official, a member of the dreaded Securitate security police, was killed ″in a dramatic confrontation″ with the embassy staff, which sided with the revolution.

Romania’s envoy to Athens, Nicolai Ecobescu, described the story as ″fantasy″ to reporters within an hour after the newspaper circulated in the Greek capital.

Ecobescu was one of the first ambassadors to publicly denounce Ceausescu after the dictator was ousted Dec. 22. Ceausescu was summarily tried and executed with his wife, Elena, three days later.

Citing Eastern European and African diplomatic sources, the paper said the official was executed the day Ceausescu was toppled. His body was put in a box marked ″diplomatic package″ and shipped by embassy car to Bucharest a week later, the paper said.

Greek police earlier said they were investigating but there was very little they could do if the story was true since the alleged slaying took place in the embassy, which enjoys diplomatic immunity.

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