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Communist torturer Alexandru Visinescu dies in prison hospital aged 93

Communist torturer Alexandru Visinescu has died on Monday, aged 93, at the Rahova Penitentiary Hospital.

The first penitentiary commander to be sent to court, was sentenced in 2016 by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) to 20 years in prison.

According to sources, Alexandru Vişinescu was transferred to Rahova Penitentiary Hospital, after having undergone spleen surgery in October, at Bagdasar Arseni Hospital. He died there at 14.34h on Monday at the age of 93, hotnews.ro reports.

As former commander of Ramnicu Sarat Penitentiary, Visinescu has fiercely oppressed political prisoners during 1956-1963. His trial has started on September 24, 2014. Visinescu has been constantly denying the charges, saying he has just done his job and the prisoners have never been tortured.

During Visinescu’s term as head of the Ramnicu Sarat Penitentiary, the inmates were subject to ill treatments which caused their physical extinction. They were deprived of the necessary medication and of the proper medical assistance.

“The prisoners’ death happened following a slow but efficient extermination process, through which they were physically and mentally tortured,” prosecutors claim.

Visinescu was charged with the death of 12 political prisoners. In the seven years he was commander of the Ramnicu Sarat penitentiary, he ruled in terror and conducting tortures. The indictment reads that during 1956-1963, Alexandru Visinescu, as commander of the Ramnicu Sarat Penitentiary “has committed systematic actions resulting in persecuting the incarcerated political prisoners, by depriving them of fundamental human rights or by heavily cutting them for political motivated reasons.”

Witnesses say Visinescu used to beat the prisoners until they were without conscience, then sprinkled them with water to continue the beatings.

The Râmnicu Sărat Prison former prison was built at the end of the 19th century, and first attested in a document of October 1901. From its establishment until 1938, it housed common criminals with sentences of up to two years. After the onset of King Carol II’s royal dictatorship in 1938, the prison began to be used for political prisoners, namely the leadership of the Iron Guard, including Corneliu Zelea Codreanu. From 1955 to 1963, a significant number of prominent political prisoners were held there by the communist regime. In 2015, Alexandru Vișinescu, commander of the prison from 1956 to 1963, was convicted of crimes against humanity for his treatment of detainees, and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, Wikipedia.org informs.

The building is currently listed as a historic monument by Romania’s Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs.

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