Former prison chief jailed for 20 years in Romania

Ex communist-era labour camp commander in Romania sentenced to 20 years in prison for crimes against humanity

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Ioan Ficior, commander of a Communist-era labour camp (C) leaving the building of the General Romanian Prosecution on October 24, 2013 in Bucharest, Romania.

An 87 year-old Romanian prison commander was sentenced to 20 years of prison by a Romanian court on Wednesday for the deaths of 103 political prisoners.

Ioan Ficior served as a commander of the Periprava labour camp from 1958 to 1963 and has 10 days to appeal to his conviction.

Ficior was accused by prisoners of beating them, not giving them food or water and not providing heating in their cells.

However, he denied the accusations, saying he was only following orders.

His sentencing comes after 90 year-old Alexandru Visinescu was also sentenced to 20 years in prison last month for abusing prisoners when he was a commander at Ramnicu Sarat prison from 1956 to 1963

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