Ceausescu execution 'avoided mob lynching'
25-Dec-2009 (one comment)

Twenty years ago Romania underwent a week-long revolution, leading to the overthrow of leader Nicolae Ceausescu. The BBC's Nick Thorpe speaks to one of the key figures during those times - General Victor Stanculescu.

In chequered shirt and dark brown jacket, Gen Victor Stanculescu looks frail but as straight-backed as one would expect from a retired soldier.

We meet in the prison hospital club at Jilava, just north of Bucharest, where only last year he began serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated manslaughter.

He was found guilty of ordering troops to open fire on the crowds in the western Romanian city of Timisoara on 17 and 18 December - a charge he has always denied.

Outside in the prison yard it is bitterly cold, minus 7C.

There are watch towers, rows of barbed wire, and stray dogs inside the prison compound.

Darius Kadivar

Justifying the Unjustifiable Act ...

by Darius Kadivar on

The Way the Rumanian Revolution was covered in the Western Press and all the manipulation of such incidents such as the false massacre of Timisoara remind me so much of the way the Iranian Revolution of 79 was carried out and fooled everyone on the nature of the Shah's Regime. The rapid execution of the Ceausescu's without a proper trial in an attempt to protect the so called revolutionaries who previously were part of the regime from being denounced was one of the most sordid consenquences of this highjacking of the revolution by dubious personalities who took charge of the country and presented themselves as revolutionaries.

I'm afraid History was denied a major witness and justice was not delivered fairly for that matter with the rapid execution of  Ceausescu and his wife ...