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June 21, 2021

Tormentor Ion Ficior, sentenced to 20 years in jail

Tormentor Ion Ficior was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in jail for crimes against humanity. The Bucharest Court of Appeals decision is not final and can be appealed by both Ficior and the prosecutors.

Former commander of the labour camp in Periprava, Tulcea County, Ion Ficior was arraigned on 18 August 2014, by the High Court of Justice’s Prosecutor’s Office, for crimes against humanity, following a complaint filed by the Institute for the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism and the Memory of Romanian Exile (IICCMER).

At the same time, the court also decided that Ficior should also pay moral damages of EUR 310,000 to several victims. Ion Ficior is the second prison commander arraigned, after Alexandru Visinescu. The latter was sentenced to 20 years in jail. That decision was final.

Simonea Chitea, Ficior’s lawyer, announced that an appeal will be filed at the High Court.

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