Teodor Brates, a former deputy editor-in-chief of the TVR’ public television broadcaster’s news desk on Wednesday got indicted by the Military Prosecutor’s Office on charged of crimes against humanity, standing accused of being the main disseminator of false, diversionist news, contributing to a great extent to a terrorist psychosis taking root in the country in the December 1989 Revolution.
According to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office, the military prosecutors ordered the extension and continuation of the criminal prosecution of suspect Teodor Brates, at the time the deputy editor-in-chief of the Actualitati news desk of TVR, for actions done December 22- 31, 1989 in the Revolution case over the commission of crimes against humanity.
The prosecutors argue that Brates “was the main factor in the dissemination of false news of a diversionary nature, thus greatly contributing to a terrorist psychosis taking root in Romania, which deeply affected the entire population of Romania, the military and civilians alike.”
“The suspect’s televised messages would mention terrorist attacks on military and civilian targets, poisoned water, mined buildings, abominable abusive conduct by terrorists, helicopter attacks, airborne assaults, columns of armoured carriers on the move. Repeating this kind of misinformation caused a terrorist psychosis to reach paroxysmal heights and thus be the main cause of the numerous losses of human life, injuries and devastation during the revolutionary events,” the prosecutors say.
Brates was the one who co-ordinated the live coverage of the December 1989 Revolution from the TVR studios between December 22 and 24, 1989.
In the same case, ex-President Ion Iliescu on Tuesday was indicted on charges of crimes against humanity for his actions between December 27 and 31, 1989.
Iliescu is accused of accepting and formalising military measures, some of which were “obviously diversionary in nature.”