Romania: Communist-era prison chief sentenced to 20-year term
July 25 , 2015
Alexandru Visinescu, a former prison commander from Romania’s communist era, has been sentenced to a 20-year prison term after he was convicted for crimes against humanity.
The 89-year-old ran the Ramnicu Sarat prison between 1956 and 1963. Inmates were allegedly tortured and 12 people are believed to have died from the abuse.
Visinescu, whose trial began in 2014 September, denied the charges, claiming he was only following orders. He is the first prison commander from the Communist regime to be sentenced over abuses.