Historian Andrei Muraru submitted his resignation to PM Victor Ponta from the position of executive president of the Institute for the Investigation of Communism Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), reports an institution release.
“I took this decision because my principles and loyalty are more important than a position. For me, it was an honour to rule this institution. In quite a short time, we managed to start the campaign to bring back to justice the communists responsible for political crimes in the penitentiary system in Romania. For the first time in the history of the institute, we already have two accused (Visinescu and Ficior cases) and other investigations are almost concluded. We have also contributed to promoting the draft law on reducing the pensions of those people with definitive sentences for acts of oppression,” said Andrei Muraru.
IICCMER and Andrei Muraru were in the spotlight of late, once they denounced former torturers Alexandru Visinescu and Ion Ficior, who were accused of genocide following IICCMER complaints, and the case of Florian Cormos, former commander of the Labour Colony Cernavoda.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta appointed Andrei Muraru on May 23, 2012 in the position of executive president of IICCMER. Legally, IICCMER’s executive president is appointed by the prime minister.
“Also during my mandate, the project the Memorial of Communism Victims at Ramnicu Sarat came close to conclusion, and the former prison is to be turned into memorial institution in two years. The legal operating status of the institute was modified to allow investments and the institute budget was substantially increased (an 85 percent increase compared to 2013). During this period, the Institute was efficiently coordinated, implementing educational programmes, investigation and editorial programmes, doctor’s degree scholarships, etc. Perhaps the most important evidence of IICCMER’s performance during this period is the international acknowledgement of our efforts,” added Andrei Muraru. He thanked the IICCMER team, the Government factors that provided support to the institute and the leaders of the General Prosecutor’s Office for their “commendable” cooperation