A Bucharest court accepted on Tuesday a request that miners’ leader Miron Cozma, who led violent miners’ marches to Bucharest in the nineties, be freed on parole. The decision comes about 11 months before Cozma’s sentence for masterminding the terrible events that led to the collapse of a government in 1991 expires.

But prosecutors already challenged the court decision and Cozma will remain under arrest until the appeal is judged.

During his hearing today Cozma said that if freed he would spend a while with his family in the Western Romania city of Timisoara and only then would he think of leaving the country, considering that he is a member of an international workers’ association.