His family claims that President Basescu is expected to attend the burial too. The eldest son of the self-proclaimed King of the Roma reiterates medical malpractice accusations against Turkish doctors. President Basescu went yesterday in Sibiu at Cioaba residence
Florin Cioaba’s lifeless body was brought to his family’s residence in Sibiu on Tuesday night, being awaited there by relatives and dozens of Roma from several counties. He will most likely be buried on Friday. The coffin was brought on a Turkish Airlines flight. MP Madalin Voicu, reverend Calin Ioan from the Pentecostal Church from Bucharest’s Ferentari neighborhood, and other representatives of the Roma community waited at the airport. The auto vehicles that carried the coffin arrived in Sibiu around 4.40 AM, along with five other cars carrying Florin Cioaba’s relatives and close friends. The white mahogany coffin was taken inside and a fire was lit in the courtyard, in line with Roma tradition.
Dorin Cioaba, the eldest son of the self-styled King of the Roma, stated yesterday that his family is doing everything in order for his father to be buried on Friday, even though works on the tomb will not be finalized. He added that a lot of people living abroad are expected to come at the funeral, and so is Traian Basescu. “We expect the President to come. He is welcome. He had a special relationship with my father and if he considers that this friendship has to be ended this way then he should come and say farewell to my father. The whole community awaits him,” Dorin Cioaba stated, being quoted by Mediafax. Asked whether he invited other authorities to attend the funeral too, he answered negatively. Florin Cioaba will be buried at the Sibiu Municipal Cemetery, alongside his father’s tomb, where his family leased a plot for 25 years. Yesterday afternoon, president Basescu arrived at the residence of Cioaba family and left the house after 15 minutes.
Apart from the funeral preparations, the family continues to accuse the Turkish doctors that took care of Cioaba, pointing out that this is a medical malpractice case and this can be proved with documents. “I have all the documents, I believe and I have the certainty, I will talk with specialists too, that this is a case of medical malpractice. He was killed through malpractice and the documents prove this,” Dorin Cioaba said. He also accused the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) of doing nothing to help the family until the case was given media coverage. “The consulate did not budge until we made a row, MAE moved very slowly through the consulate,” the eldest son of the self-proclaimed King of the Roma stated.
The interesting fact is that Dorin Cioaba is changing his statements on a daily basis. On Tuesday he stated in Antalya at the hospital his father died in that there was confusion because of the lack of dialogue and because translators failed to pass on the proper information, but that the doctors “did their best” to save his father, being permanently by the family’s side. This statement came after he launched the first accusations against the doctors and the hospital immediately after the death of his father. The self-styled King of the Roma died on Sunday, at the age of 58, at the Akdeniz Universitesi hospital in Antalya, where doctors had fitted him last Friday with a device meant to help his heart pump blood.