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Former Romanian President tried for crimes against humanity

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Ion Iliescu (C), former Romanian President leaves the court after he was interrogated by prosecutors in Bucharest

Romania’s first post-communist president Ion Iliescu has on October 21 stood before trial for charges in crimes against humanity over the violent suppression of a protest n 1990, which left six people dead and several hundred injured.

Ion Iliescu, 85, stood before the High Court of Cassation and Justice in Bucharest to hear the charges for the deaths of four people, the shooting of three others and depriving 1,000 people of their freedom. Iliescu denies any wrongdoing, but made no statements during Wednesday’s session, AP reports.

The head of the Romanian Intelligence Service at the time, Virgil Magureanu, a close ally of Iliescu, also stood before the court. Answering the question, whether he was guilty of crimes against humanity, he said: «That’s a stupid question.»

Coal miners and police broke up a weeks-long pro-democracy protest in Bucharest in 1990, arresting and beating thousands of people. Iliescu later thanked the miners, drawing criticism at home and abroad.

Iliescu was elected president of Romania three times, serving from 1990 to 1996 and from 2000 to 2004.

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