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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Romanian Communist prison commander gets 20-year final jail sentence for crimes against humanity

Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice has sentenced Communist-era prison commander Alexandru Visinescu to 20 years in prison for crimes against humanity. He is the first Romanian Communist torturer sent to trial in such a case.

The Court's sentence is final, which means that Visinescu, who is currently 91, will be incarcerated, according to Mediafax.

Alexandru Visinescu was the commander of Ramnicu Sarat prison between 1956 and 1963. In that period, under his command, the prisoners were subjected to beatings, hunger, and a lack of medical treatment.

The regime imposed by Visinescu in this prison was not ensuring the minimum conditions for long-term survival, giving that most of the prisoners had sentences of more than ten years.

“Thus, the prisoners’ death occurred after a slow but efficient process, in which they were tortured both physically and mentally,” according to the prosecutors.

Alexandru Visinescu’s trial started over a year ago. He has constantly denied the charges, saying he had just done his job.

Visinescu, 91, currently lives in Bucharest and has a pension of RON 3,200 (some EUR 720), which is more than the average net wage in Romania.

Romania had about 500,000 political prisoners under the Communist regime.

Last summer, the Court of Appeal also sentenced Visinescu at 20 years in prison, but the decision was not final. 

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Romanian Communist prison commander gets 20-year final jail sentence for crimes against humanity

Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice has sentenced Communist-era prison commander Alexandru Visinescu to 20 years in prison for crimes against humanity. He is the first Romanian Communist torturer sent to trial in such a case.

The Court's sentence is final, which means that Visinescu, who is currently 91, will be incarcerated, according to Mediafax.

Alexandru Visinescu was the commander of Ramnicu Sarat prison between 1956 and 1963. In that period, under his command, the prisoners were subjected to beatings, hunger, and a lack of medical treatment.

The regime imposed by Visinescu in this prison was not ensuring the minimum conditions for long-term survival, giving that most of the prisoners had sentences of more than ten years.

“Thus, the prisoners’ death occurred after a slow but efficient process, in which they were tortured both physically and mentally,” according to the prosecutors.

Alexandru Visinescu’s trial started over a year ago. He has constantly denied the charges, saying he had just done his job.

Visinescu, 91, currently lives in Bucharest and has a pension of RON 3,200 (some EUR 720), which is more than the average net wage in Romania.

Romania had about 500,000 political prisoners under the Communist regime.

Last summer, the Court of Appeal also sentenced Visinescu at 20 years in prison, but the decision was not final. 

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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