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ECHR condemns Romania for the murder of two protesters in 1991

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sentenced Romania to pay 60,000 Euros as moral damages to the families of two young Romanian protesters, killed by shot guns in front of the government offices in Bucharest back in 1991.

The Court ruled Romania infringed upon Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights that protects the right of every person to their life. ECHR condemned Romania to pay 30,000 Euros to each of the relatives of the two victims.

27 year-old Aurica Crainicescu, and Andrei Frumusanu, 24 were killed in September 1991 during the uprising of the miners that led to the fall of the first democratic government of Petre Roman, after the December 1899 Revolution. The two young people were protesting against the neo-communist rulers that grabbed the power after the 1989 revolution.

Despite the desperate efforts of their families seeking to find out who are the killers of their loved ones, the Romanian Justice failed to finalise the investigation to this day.

The families of the victims filed a complaint at the European Court in Strasbourg in March 2004. ECHR deplores that 20 years after the facts and despite the public interest in finding the criminals () the investigation and the criminal procedures have not been finalized". The ECHR judges slams the numerous gaps in the file and the fact that the case was investigated by military prosecutors bound to obey the hierarchy, whilst among those investigated there were "acting military officials within the highest ranks".

The ECHR said the Turmoil in Romania at the time does not justify the time spent investigating the case nor the fashion in which it has been conducted.

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