Alexandru Visinescu, accused of crimes against humanity
Prosecutors with the High Court of Cassation and Justice have ordered the changing of the indictment from the crime of genocide, under the former Criminal Code, to crimes against humanity, under the new Criminal Code, in the case of Alexandru Visinescu, the former commander of Ramnicu Sarat Penitentiary (south-east).
According to prosecutors, the deeds perpetrated by Alexandru Visinescu in the period when he was the commander of the prison in Ramnicu Sarat have the constitutive elements of the offense stipulated in paragraph 439, point j) of the new Criminal Code, crimes against humanity — persecution of a group or a determined collectivity by depriving them of fundamental human rights or by seriously restricting the exercise of these rights, on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious and sexual grounds or depending on other criteria recognized as inadmissible in the international law.
Alexandru Visinescu is one of the 35 torturers identified by the Institute for Investigation of Communism Crimes. A criminal complaint was filed against him for aggravated murder, being described by former political detainees as ‘a very cruel individual.’
Alexandru Visinescu is 88 years old and lives in Bucharest.