Former president Ion Iliescu charged of crimes against humanity

Former president Ion Iliescu charged of crimes against humanity

Former President of Romania Ion Iliescu is accused of crimes against humanity, the General Prosecutor’s office announced on Wednesday.

Iliescu was summoned in the morning at the Prosecutor’s Office (PG) of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ, Romania’s Supreme Court) to be officially informed he is a suspect in the criminal case known as ‘Mineriada’ — the Miners’ Riot. He is charged of crimes against humanity.

On October 16, the military prosecutors have decided to change the legal classification and to conduct further criminal prosecution for crimes against humanity, consisting in the violent suppression of a demonstration in central Bucharest’s University Square on June 13, 1990, when four people were killed and three suffered gunshot injuries; approximately 1,000 individuals were abusively detained on June 14 and 15 1990, following violent attacks by miners and workers of several industrial centres countrywide, the PG announced in its Wednesday’s press release. More…