Romania prison chief charged with genocide
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||3 September 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Romania prison chief charged with genocide, 3 September 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/525e3f2a5.html [accessed 18 October 2017]|
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September 03, 2013
Romania's Ramnicu Sarat prison (file photo)
Romanian prosecutors have charged the commander of a communist-era prison with genocide.
Prosecutors presented the charges on September 3 against Alexandru Visinescu, who from 1956 to 1963 ran Ramnicu Sarat prison, where pre-communist elite and intellectuals were incarcerated.
Prosecutors said in a statement that, under Visinescu, prisoners were subjected to beatings, hunger, lack of medical treatment, and exposure to cold.
Visinescu, who is 87, could face life in prison if convicted. The last Romanian to be charged with genocide was former leader Nicolae Ceausescu, who was tried and executed in 1989.
Based on reporting by AP and Jurnalul.ro