Romanian PM moves office to defence ministry to evade phone tapping

Romanian PM Victor Ponta said on April 14 he would relocate his office from the government seat to the headquarters of the defence ministry, to avoid what he called being “set up” following a spate of anti-corruption operations against his party’s leading members, in which the PM’s name also surfaced.

“I have moved my office starting today; I have one at the ministry of defence. It is a military base, better guarded. Anyone who comes to me is registered. I am expecting more set-ups on the part of (President) Traian Basescu and his people. I want such set-ups to be foiled until November,” Ponta said on a TV talk show.

The “set-up” he mentioned referred to a corruption case launched against Adrian Duicu, head of a county council in south-western Romania.

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