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February 3, 2023

Supreme Court confirms reopening of investigation of 1990 miners’ riot

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) confirmed on Monday the decision of General Prosecutor Tiberiu Nitu to reopen the investigation on the June 13-15 1990 miners’ riot, involving former President Ion Iliescu.

Prosecutors are now allowed to reopen the criminal cases against Iliescu and former Romanian Intelligence Service director Virgil Magureanu. Other officials concerned by this decision are former Defence Minister Victor Atanasie Stanculescu, already sentenced to prison for his role in the 1989 revolution and stripped of his rank of general; General Vasile Dobrinoiu (retreated), a former commander of the military school of Baneasa, near Bucharest; General Corneliu Diamandescu (retreated), a former chief of the Romanian Police; General Petre Petre (retreated), a former commander of a gendarme unit of Magurele, near Bucharest); and Emil Dumitrescu, a former head of the Directorate for Culture of the Ministry of Interior.

The General Prosecutor’s office announced the reopening of this case on February 5, following a 1997 complaint of an association of the victims of the 1990-1991 miners’ riots. Ion Iliescu, former miners’ union leader Miron Cozma and former prime minister Petre Roman were among the defendants.

Tenths of cases were opened by prosecutors back then; some of them were sent to the Military Prosecutor’s office. Individuals and moral persons also complained about damages during the miners’ raid on Bucharest on June 14-15 1990. Plaintiffs described the illegal breaching of official institutions’ and political parties’ offices, followed by theft, robbery and assaults.

The prosecutors concluded at the time that approximately 1,300 people were wounded and around 100 killed, Agerpres informed.


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