Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday sent a request to the Justice minister for the launch of a criminal inquiry against former president Ion Iliescu, ex-PM Petre Roman and another former official, in the case of the 1989 Revolution. The Prosecutor General charges the three with crimes against humanity.
On April 2, Prosecutor General Augustin lazar sent the request to the Romanian Presidency, in line with constitutional provisions that say that only the President, the House of Deputies and the Senate have the right to demand a criminal inquiry of members of government for actions occurred during their term.
Ion Iliescu, who led Romania between the Revolution days and 1996, then later in the early 00's, served as a member and president of the first leadership body after the fall of the Ceausescu regime, the National Salvation Front, starting December 22, 1989. Petre Roman was a member of the Front council starting the same day, just to be named prime minister on December 26, 1989. Gelu Voican-Voiculescu, the third person eyed in the inquiry, as also a member of the Front council and later named deputy PM on December 28, 1989.
In December 2017, Military Prosecutor's Office announced that investigators have found there wasn't a powe vacuum during the December 1989 revolution. They announced that a military diversion took place starting December 22, 1989, which became the main cause of many deaths and destruction during the revolt that led to the fall of the Ceausescu regime and its aftermath.