Romanian prosecutors have charged a communist-era prison commander, Alexander Visinescu, with genocide, the Newsmax World website reports today (September 5, 2013).
It is the first such charge in Romania since the 1989 revolution which led to the Christmas Day executions of Communist Party leader and President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena.
Visinescu, 88, could face life in prison if found guilty. He was head of the Ramnicu Sarat prison in eastern Romania from 1956 until 1963.
Testimony from survivors shows that at the prison, detainees were denied food, medicine, and healthcare, subjected to unbearably cold conditions, and beaten for minor infractions, according to the Romanian Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile.