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- POLICE BESEIGED MDC HQ in Harare and barred officials from accessing the offices pending a Supreme court judgment to determine the rightful President of the party.
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A former Communist-era prison commander has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after being convicted of crimes against humanity in the first such trial in Romania. Alexandru Visinescu, 89, ran the notorious Ramnicu Sarat prison from 1956 to 1963, where inmates were allegedly tortured and starved.
At least 12 people are said to have died as a result of the abuse.
Mr Visinescu denied the charges, saying he was just following orders.
Prosecutors had sought a 25-year sentence, arguing that Mr Visinescu oversaw an “extermination regime” at the Ramnicu Sarat prison camp in the east of the country.
Nicknamed “the prison of silence” because detainees were held in solitary confinement, the facility housed intellectuals, dissidents, priests and others deemed enemies of the Communist Party.
Mr Visinescu, whose trial began in September, is the first former prison commander to be jailed in Romania over abuses in the Communist-era justice system.
The trial of a second commander, Ion Ficior, who was in charge of the Periprava labour camp, began in April.
More than half a million Romanians were held as political prisoners in the 1950s as the country’s Communist government sought to crush dissent.
Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled and executed in a bloody uprising in December 1989. BBC News
photo-Alexandru Visinescu, (89) -justromania