A Maybe Kinda Sorta Crime Against Humanity

Well, this sounds exciting:

Romanian prosecutors on Monday requested to prosecute former president Ion Iliescu and ex-prime minister Petre Roman for “crimes against humanity” during the deadly aftermath of the country’s 1989 revolution.

Attorney general Augustin Lazar asked President Klaus Iohannis to give the green light to open criminal proceedings against the former leaders, according to a statement by the public prosecutor.

Former deputy prime minister Gelu Voican Voiculescu will also be targeted.

So… AG Lazar has asked President Iohannis “Six Houses and a Movie” Klaus for permission to please, please maybe sort of possibly prosecute Ion Iliescu and two other guys for crimes against humanity.

As I’ve thoroughly documented, Ion Iliescu is one of the worst criminals in Romania’s history and yet he’s a free man who regularly appears on television.

Will AG Lazar, after all these years, finally get just a tiny bit of justice for the Romanian people?

You know the answer… of course not!

From here with my translation:

Attorney General Augustin Lazar has sent the Romanian president a request to open a criminal case of “crimes against humanity” against Ion Iliescu, Petre Roman, and Gelu Voican-Voiculescu. This request was first published on Facebook.

Oh sweet Jesus…

According to Article 109 of the Constitution, only the Parliament and the President have the ability to request a criminal investigation of members of the government for acts committed as part of their official duties.

Well, that explains why AG Lazar has to ask Iohannis for permission to open a criminal case. But what exactly are the crimes against humanity being investigated here?

Military prosecutor Marian Lazar said, during a press conference, that a military “diversion” was used beginning on the evening of December 22, 1989, and that this diversion was the principal cause of the deaths, injuries, and property damage that occurred during the Revolution.

Wait, what? A “diversion” that began on December 22 caused over 1,000 people to die and thousands more get injured?

Just wait because it gets even crazier:

Prosecutor have identified, partly in thanks to eyewitness testimony, the source of the sound that caused so much panic (which began on December 21, 1989, in the middle of Nicolae Ceausescu’s speech) that contributed, along with other factors, to the breaking up of the protests in Palace Square [Timisoara] and others across Bucharest.

Say what? Here’s his exact quote:

“There is no doubt whatsoever that this diversion existed and that it manifested itself far and wide, and that it was the primary reason why so many people died and were injured as well as the property destruction that occurred.

These diversions were part of an organized disinformation campaign that had far-reaching negative consequences, which involved TVR [Romanian state television], radio stations, and military communication channels. It was so widespread on a national level that it should accurately be called a campaign of psychological terror.


At the same time, it is clear that the authorities simultaneously launched a number of military diversions that had severe consequences.

In connection with these “diversions,” proof has been obtained that shows that, in 1987, the Romanian military imported two different types of gunfire emulators, including those that simulated the sound of small arms fire as well as the sounds of artillery fire. There were also emulators that could make the sound of parachutes being deployed.

Today, we have proof that these were used as part of a psy-ops campaign on radio and TV.”

Are you with me so far? They’re saying that, in 1987, the Romanian government bought TWO types of sound emulators that could mimic the sound of parachutes being deployed (wtf?), the sound of small arms fire, and the sound of artillery.

Not to be rude here, but why would the government need to buy a machine to create sounds like those? I mean, anyone could just record them using normal A/V equipment available at the time. Why did they need a special emulator?

In the case against Ion Iliescu, he is being investigated for his actions between December 22-27, 1989 because he was the president of the National Salvation Front.

Yes, it’s true that Iliescu “somehow” became the leader of the NSF on December 22, 1989. But what the heck does this have to do with crimes against humanity?

As far as I can tell, the prosecutors are saying that:

  1. Ceausescu (and his wife) were arrested on December 22, 1989.
  2. This made Iliescu the de facto leader of the country started on December 22, 1989.
  3. Iliescu and his administration (including Petre Roman and Gelu Voican Voiculescu) then launched a “psy-ops terror campaign” using sound emulators on TV and radio for the next five days.
  4. It was this campaign that led to most of the deaths, injuries, and property damage that occurred in the ’89 Revolution.

Now, that is truly the weirdest “re-imagining” of the 1989 Revolution that I have ever seen. Keep in mind that Iliescu has already been convicted in the European Court of Human Rights for gunning down protesters… but that was for the 1990 Mineriad, after he had been elected.

Meanwhile, there’s this (my translation):

On Friday, Gelu Voican Voiculescu, who is being investigated in the [still ongoing] Mineriad case, was chosen as the new director of the Romanian Institution for the December 1989 Revolution [IRRD].

The IRRD is subordinate to the Senate. Inside sources told our newspaper that the former director, Claudiu Iordache, was fired after a powerful group of PSD politicians took action that included Cazimir Ionescu, Gelu Voican Voiculescu [and others].

Nice! So now, the guy who is being investigated for crimes against humanity in the 1989 Revolution is the head of the official government agency in charge of commemorating the 1989 Revolution.

You seriously cannot make this shit up.

Or this (my translation):

On Wednesday, the Parliament approved the new leadership for the National Council for the Studying of the Securitate’s Archives (CNSAS). The PSD party put forward Cazimir Ionescu, who is being investigated in the Mineriad case, as the new director.

That’s right, kids!

Cazimir Ionescu, one of the architects of the Mineriad, is now in charge of the Securitate (Communist-era secret police) files.

Meanwhile, he helped his buddy Gelu Voican Voiculescu, who is also being investigated for the Mineriad, to become the new head of the IRRD. This despite the fact that the previous director’s term wasn’t set to finish until 2019. And, of course, like all government “jobs” in Romania, it comes with a hefty salary (7,359 RON or 1,600 Euro per month).

And, along with Ion Iliescu, all three are still being “investigated” for their roles in the Mineriad. And now all three are maybe, potentially, kinda sort could be investigated for “crimes against humanity” relating to a weird psy-ops campaign that involved sound emulators used on TV, radio, and military communication networks.

This is all surreal enough, but I have to give it up to PSD MP Florin Iordache for succinctly summing up this insanity:

Responding to a question from USR MP Stelian Ion about the possibility of a conflict of interest from appointing a CNSAS director who is being investigated in the Mineriad case, Iordache said that a “presumption of innocence” exists until the courts reach a decision.

With this statement, the PSD party shut down all further debate about Cazimir Ionescu’s appointment.

Meanwhile, the courts in Romania have yet to rule on anything relating to the Mineriad despite the fact that it’s been 28 freakin’ years since those events occurred.

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