TVR newscaster during the Revolution, Teodor Brates, officially charged: He was the main factor for broadcasting fake news


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Former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the national television, TVR News, Teodor Brateş, who, in the early days of the Revolution, launched the messages announcing the existence of terrorists or the fact that water is poisoned, has been officially charged in the Revolution File. Similarly to former President Ion Iliescu, the “Revolution’s newscaster” is accused of crimes against humanity.

Teodor Brateş went Wednesday morning to the Prosecutor General’s Office to be heard in the Revolution File. He is the one who coordinated, during December 22-24, 1989, the broadcasting of the Revolution from the TVR studios, reports.

Brates is prosecuted in the Revolution File for crimes against humanity. According to prosecutors, Brateş was “the main factor for the dissemination of fake news, with a diversionary character, thus contributing largely to the terrorist psychosis which deeply affected the entire population of Romania (military and civilians).”

In the same file is prosecuted former President Ion Iliescu. The former President went Tuesday morning to the Prosecutor General’s Office. He was summoned to be informed that he is prosecuted in the Revolution File for committing crimes against humanity.

Early this month, Romania’s Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar sent President Klaus Iohannis the request for criminal prosecution against former president Ion Iliescu, former PM Petre Romania and former minister Gelu Voican Voiculescu in the file of the 1989 Romanian Revolution, related to charges of crime against humanity, the General Prosecutor’s Office announced last week.

Prosecutors have decided on Tuesday to extend and carry out further prosecution for crimes against humanity against Ion Iliescu, informs the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court for Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court).

Iliescu, “at the date of the deeds, member and chairman of the National Salvation Front Council”, is charged with deeds committed during December 27-31, 1989.

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