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January 20, 2022

Former communist warden Alexandru Visinescu sentenced to 20 years in prison, sentence not final

The former warden of the Ramnicu Sarat Penitentiary Alexandru Visinescu on Friday was sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Bucharest Court of Appeal for inhuman treatment.

The court also ordered Visinescu’s demotion in military rank.

According to Agerpres, he was also ordered to pay, jointly with the Public Finance Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the National Penitentiary Authority damages worth 300,000 euros to three survivors of the Ramnicu Valcea jail victims: Nicoleta Eremia – 50,000 euros; Elena Iacob – 100,000 euros and Anca Cernea – 150,000 euro.

Moreover, he will have to pay court fees of RON 25,000.

The court also ordered a lien to be maintained on a building owned by Visinescu and shares in financial investment companies (SIFs) owned by him.

The sentence is not final.

At the last hearing of the trial on July 14, a prosecutor of the General Prosecution Service asked for Visinescu’s sentencing to 25 years in prison and his demotion in military rank.

Also then, the session prosecutor argued that the life sentence should apply to Visinescu, but since he is older than 65 years, the maximum sentence in the criminal legislation is 25 years.

Alexandru Visinescu, a former warden of the Ramnicu Sarat Penitentiary, on June 18, 2014, was sent to court by the Prosecution Service with the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation on counts of crime against humanity in relation with abuses of political prisoners.

The prosecutors argued that in 1956-1963 Visinescu, in his capacity as warden of the Ramnicu Sarat Penitentiary, perpetrated systematic actions and inactions that resulted in the persecution of the community of political prisoners incarcerated in the penitentiary by denying them fundamental human rights or serious restrictions of the exercise of such rights on political grounds.

The prisoners were allegedly subjected to living conditions and treatment meant for their physical destruction, without having been provided a modicum of medicines or adequate medical care.

At the same time, not treating ill prisoners, refusal to transfer them to penitentiary hospitals, the prisoners’ failing state of health for the lack of food, and heat, discretionary and abusive punishment, inhuman detention, ill treatment, battering and other forms of violence, ignoring the petitions and complaints of the prisoners were actions which were aimed to lead to the physical extermination of the jailed persons.

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