Former President Ion Iliescu 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.
Iliescu was waited by numerous journalists, but made no statements either on arrival or on leaving the offices.
Last week, President Klaus Iohannis approved the request for criminal prosecution against the former head of state Ion Iliescu, former Prime Minister Petre Roman and former Deputy Prime Minister Gelu-Voican Voiculescu for the deeds in the Revolution File.
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.
Ion Iliescu’s deeds as member and president of the National Salvation Front Council are being investigated. The National Salvation Front was set up on December 22, 1989, as de facto body that exerted the central executive and legislative rule until the decree of December 27, 1989, when the president of the council also gained the position as head of state, in this case, Ion Iliescu.
Petre Roman, member of the National Salvation Front Council, was officially named prime minister by the decree on December 26, 1989, while Gelu Voican Voiculescu, also member of the National Salvation Front Council, was appointed deputy prime minister.
Military prosecutors announced at the end of last year that investigation has substantially advanced in the Revolution file, with investigators ascertaining that evidence related to the organization of the revolution had been destroyed and that there had been three attempts to assassinate communist dictators Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu.
Petre Roman was first to retort, saying he is astonished and outraged by the criminal prosecution request, while asking why he Revolution file is not referring to those who ordered shooting at people.
The Prosecutor General’s Office extends the prosecution on Ion Iliescu for deeds committed during December 27-31, 1989
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), given that the former president was on Tuesday morning at the Prosecutor General’s Office, where he spent about an hour and a half.
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.
The Prosecutor’s Office also states that the extension of the criminal prosecution no longer requires the opinion of President Klaus Iohannis, hotnews.ro reports.
“As the initiator and coordinator of the unique leadership command (military-political body), and later, as president of CFSN (which subordinated the Superior Military Council), Iliescu Ion accepted and formalized measures of military nature, some of which had an obvious diversionary character. By exercising full authority, Iliescu Ion could intervene to stop the diversionist phenomenon, but did not act in this respect.
Terrorist psychosis that hit high levels among armed militaries and civilians, in conjunction with many military orders that had diversionary character (troop movements of some military units, mainly ordered overnight), resulted in numerous fratricidal fire and the opening of fire on people who did not work against the revolutionary movement,” the Prosecutor’s Office informs.