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December 1, 2021

Criminal complaint filed in Sarmizegetusa parking case

The Culture Ministry applies for additional funding for archaeological research on the Dacian fortress site.

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MPCN) filed a criminal complaint in reference to works for the building of a parking at the entrance to the Dacian fortress Sarmizegetusa Regia, which were conducted without a permit and without archaeological supervision, Minister Kelemen Hunor announced.

“A criminal complaint has already been filed to the Hunedoara Court Prosecutor’s Office against those who conducted these works without archaeological supervision and without an archaeological discharge certificate. We are waiting for justice to have its say,” the minister stated, during a visit to Sarmizegetusa Regia, alongside PM Emil Boc, arguing the Heritage Law had been violated in this case.

According to Hunor, no reference was made in the criminal complaint to a person responsible for “the deeds described” and it is the investigators’ task to establish the culprits. The investigation commission appointed by the Hunedoara prefect Dezsi Attila, following the situation reported in July on the premises of the Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian Fortress historical monument, when the Western gate’s wall was affected by works to build the unauthorized parking, completed their report, which was forwarded on Monday to the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Culture. Minister Kelemen Hunor’s statement was backed by prime-minister Emil Boc, who argued that “the Prosecutor’s Office and the Police will have to identify the culprits,” after which the court will decide on a punishment.

At the same time, the prime-minister announced that the Ministry of Culture had presented before the Cabinet a multi-annual investment plan for archaeological research on the Sarmizegetusa Regia site, which was to be finalised in the next two weeks. Furthermore, the premier argued that the Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian Fortress would be included in a special administration area, under the authority of the Government or of the Culture Ministry, following the model initiated by the Danube Delta Scientific Reserve.

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