Ion Diaconescu seeks EUR 18 M in damage for communist jail time

Former National Christian Democrat Agrarian Party (PNTCD) leader Ion Diaconescu sued the Romanian state, seeking EUR 18 M in damages for the traumas suffered during his political detention in communist prisons, “Romania libera” writes. In the lawsuit filed against the state, Diaconescu is represented by former Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea, who has already registered the case with the Bucharest City Court. He told Mediafax that most of the money would go to his party.

Diaconescu wants the court to establish the political nature of his prison term, which began after a Bucharest Military Court sentenced him to 15 years of hard labour, five years stripped of his civil rights and seized all his properties on February 28, 1948.

The former PNTCD leader also asked magistrates to establish the political character of a Securitate decision to force him to live at Valea Calmatui, Braila county, between December 1962 and April 1964. For this last episode, Diaconescu demands damages of EUR 170,000 from the Romanian state, the newspaper reports. The first hearing in this lawsuit was scheduled for March 19.

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