The first official sentence against those who caused the death of the Romanian Revolution victims was pronounced on Tuesday, two former Army generals being convicted to 15 year in jail. All else pales in front of this event - coming almost 19 years after Ceausescu's fall.
Army generals Victor Athanasie Stanculescu and Mihai Chitac were sentenced to 15 years in jail for ordering the troops to use war ammunition against the people demonstrating against Ceausescu in Bucharest and Timisoara. Both of them accepted their sentence and were arrested on Wednesday afternoon, Gandul and most other newspapers read. "I am sorry they didn’t treat me as a general and sentence me to death, said Stanculescu".
In the case of the Timisoara revolution, the judges also ordered over one million Euros worth of compensations for 200 victims and their families.
Back to the largest scandal lately, the 50% wage growth for teachers is in the hands of president Traian Basescu, who is the last instance to promulgate the law. In case he approves the raise, Romania may soon face serious union strikes and a financial crisis, same Gandul notes.
Another scandal that burst recently refers to the huge price the Police should pay for several cars - 78,000 Euros per unit, although the price of the car is 11,000. The rest is for optional equipment, Evenimentul Zilei reads, adding that Interior Minister Cristian David notified the anti-graft prosecutors on the case.
Italians spend only 5,000 Euros for the optional features of their Police cars, Cotidianul adds. According to this newspaper, minister Cristian David demanded the suspending of the contract.
Meanwhile, the number of new cars registration has decreased 1.4% during the first 9 months of the year, following the European trend. Still, the decrease is far less than in other countries, the EU average reaching -4.4%, Evenimentul Zilei informs.
In the end, two pieces of news from the UK. First - over 4,000 people signed a bill for the lifting of restrictions of Romanian citizens on the British Labor market, Gandul found out. The signatures were gathered by the "Romanians in the UK" weekly magazine.
Second - the founder of the "romani.co.uk" website, the Romanian community portal, Madalina Benson, died because of a series of medical errors, a six-months long investigation revealed, according to Evenimentul Zilei. A strong presence in the online organization of Romanian in the UK, Madalina was nicknamed "the Romanian princess".