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#Ramnicu Sarat: ex-commander appeals against 20-year sentence

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By Euronews  with AFP
#Ramnicu Sarat: ex-commander appeals against 20-year sentence

<p>A former commander of one of Romania’s most notorious prisons refused to talk to journalists when he arrived at court in Bucharest.</p> <p>Alexandru Visinescu is appealing against a 20 year sentence for crimes against humanity, handed down in July. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="ro" dir="ltr">Alexandru Visineșcu jefe d Râmnicu Sărat prisión infame comunista de Rumania – condenados por delitos contra <span class="caps">DDHH</span>! <a href="http://t.co/pKidZaqgEu">pic.twitter.com/pKidZaqgEu</a></p>— John Hayes (@Maddygram) <a href="https://twitter.com/Maddygram/status/624920654840664066">25 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The 90-year-old insists he was simply following orders and has shown no remorse for his alleged crimes.</p> <p>The relatives of those who died are more interested in getting answers than revenge: “We have asked for more information about what he did,” said <strong>Mihaela Barbus</strong>, who is <strong>the daughter of one of the detainees</strong>,“we are not asking for a longer sentence because that makes no sense given his age. But people need to know what he did. We want to preserve the memory of the heroes at Ramnicu Sarat.” <p> <h3>“The silence of Hell”</h3> </p></p> <p>At least 14 people are known to have died at Ramnicu Sarat between 1956 and 1963, when Alexandru Visinescu was in charge.</p> <p>Romania’s communist regime lasted from 1947 to 1989. More than 600 000 people were held as political prisoners during that time. </p> <p>Prisoners were kept in solitary confinement and endured extreme cold and a lack of food.</p> <p>Severe punishments were regularly doled out. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="ro" dir="ltr">Romania: Communist-Era Prison Guard Appeal Adjourned: Alexandru Visinescu, commander of the Ramnicu Sarat pris… <a href="http://t.co/I1siJUGIwZ">http://t.co/I1siJUGIwZ</a></p>— <span class="caps">VOFN</span> Romania (@vofnromania) <a href="https://twitter.com/vofnromania/status/654220245503094784">14 Octobre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The judges hearing the case have set the 25th of November as the date for Visinescu’s next appearance.</p>