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September 28, 2020

Supreme Court confirms reopening of 1989 Revolution case

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ, the Supreme Court) confirmed on Monday the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office to reopen the criminal prosecution in the 1989 Revolution case.

The justices with the Supreme Court have admitted an appeal by the prosecutors with the General Prosecutor’s Office and confirmed the reopening of this case.

On 5 April, Bogdan Licu, the then interim general prosecutor announced the reopening of investigation on grounds that the solution to dismiss the case given in October 2015 by the Military Prosecutor’s Office is ungrounded and illegal, “as it has been adopted based on incomplete researches, by ignoring some information, data and essential documents referring to the December 1989 events, aspects that have led to establishing some incomplete and, under certain aspects, wrong state of facts and therefore to an erroneous legal classification of the facts, all of which hindering the finding of truth and the identification of all perpetrators as well as of the perpetrators behind the perpetrators.”

Licu also said that the investigation by the Military Prosecutor’s Office showed no preoccupation to establish some essential aspects of the 17 to 30 December 1989 events: “In this case, investigations must be completed as regards the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, since by analyzing the evidence and contrary to the military prosecutors’ opinion, there are solid clues that such offences have been committed, too.”

On 14 October 2015, the Military Prosecutor’s Office closed the case of the December 1989 Revolution, when 709 persons were killed, 1,855 injured by shooting, 343 wounded in other circumstances, and 924 arrested. Hundreds of revolutionaries have submitted complaints to the ICCJ against this decision.

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