Former Romanian leader to face crimes against humanity trial

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu is to be tried for crimes against humanity for his role in the country’s bloody 1989 anti-communist uprising.

Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar announced Monday that the investigations are complete and the files documenting the events of 30 years ago, commonly referred to as the Revolution File, will be submitted to a court of law. He called the completion of the process “paying a debt of honor to history and our country.”

Iliescu is the most prominent figure to face trial, along with Gelu Voican-Voiculescu, a former vice premier, and former Air Force Chief Iosif Rus. The charges refer to a five-day period when Iliescu seized power after former Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu fled Bucharest on Dec. 22, 1989. Ceausescu and his wife were summarily tried and executed on Dec. 25.

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