The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled yesterday that the Romanian government will pay total compensations worth approximately EUR 350,000 to 72 victims of the December ’89 Revolution from the town of Timisoara. The plaintiffs are victims, or descendants of the victims who suffered during the armed repression of the protests that began in the evening of 16 December 1989 against the regime led by Nicolae Ceausescu. In January 1990, after Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was executed and the communist regime was toppled, the Timisoara military prosecutor’s office opened a probe in the case of the repression. According to the documents gathered about the incident, all the persons that complained to the ECHR were identified as victims of the repression. The case that received an ECHR verdict yesterday is similar to the ‘Sandru et al.’ case in which the Strasbourg judges were asked to decide if an effective investigation has been conducted, in the sense of complying with article 2 of the European Convention, about the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time interval.