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October 23, 2021

Communist era torturer of political prisoners indicte

Alexandru Visinescu, a former warden of the prison of Ramnicu Sarat (northeast of Bucharest) has been indicted on Tuesday by the Prosecutors’ Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice for crimes against humanity related to abuses against political prisoners between 1956 and 1963, according to Agerpres.

Romania’s general prosecutor Tiberiu Nitu stated on this occasion that Visinescu’s indictment is a step forward and an important act for justice.

‘We have completed this investigation, too (…) We thank a lot the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes for its support. We have another ongoing [similar] case,’ Nitu said at the Parliament Palace.

Alexandru Visinescu, former commander of Ramnicu Sarat Penitentiary from 1956 to 1963 when the prison was shut down, the last commander of the prison where leader of National Peasants’ Party Ion Mihalache died, is accused and will be brought to court for crimes against humanity.

The Institute for Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of Romanian Exile complained to the Prosecutor’s Office and discovered that Visinescu is guilty of the death of twelve political prisoners.

Visinescu lives in a block in central Bucharest off a pension of more than RON 3,200 a month. After his case was brought to the media, Visinescu had violent reactions to the attempts of Gandul journalists to talk to him, swearing and trying to hit them.


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