ECHR ruling: Romania has to pay EUR 832,500 compensations to Revolution’s victims


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On Tuesday, Romania got a new conviction from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for not solving “the Revolution file” and has to pay EUR 832,500 prejudice to 81 victims.

The claimers complained that Romanian authorities did not conduct an efficient investigation on the death of their relatives and on maltreatment they have been subdued during the demonstrations in 1989.

For example, Ionel Hrior, who has been shot in Bucharest, asked for EUR 498,000 compensations, while Adriana Palcau, also injured in Timisoara on December 24 1989, asked for EUR 60,000 moral damage.

Other 76 claimers asked EUR 100,000 each as material injury and EUR 100,000 as moral compensations.

The Romanian Government defended itself by arguing that “the Revolution file” is a complex case, based on “a delicate political event” and the investigation usually takes longer due to the difficulty to assess all deeds, the increased number of persons involved and du to the social and political stake of the file.


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