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Romanian Secret Police General Draws 7 Years In Prison

May 30, 1991

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ A military court sentenced a former secret police general to seven years in prison Wednesday for his part in trying to suppress the 1989 anti-communist uprising, the state news agency Rompres reported.

The sentence meted out to Gen. Marin Neagoe was among the most severe a former Securitate official has received recently.

Neagoe led Securitate’s notorious Fifth Directorate, the branch that carried out dictator Nicolae Ceausesu’s domestic political oppression.

His boss, Securitate chief Iulian Vlad, drew four years earlier this month for ″abusive detention″ of demonstrators, and 11 other officials were sentenced to prison terms of up to five years.

Neagoe was also expelled from the army and ordered to pay about $17,000 in reparations to the state.

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