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As teenager's suspect rapist-murderer confesses, Romania's leaders clash

de Editorial Staff     HotNews.ro
Luni, 29 iulie 2019, 8:14 English | Top News


Suspectul din Caracal, Gheorghe Dinca
Foto: Agerpres/EPA
Details about the grim fate of the teenage girl who was reportedly abducted, raped and murdered in Caracal, South Romania last week emerged on Sunday as the suspect murderer, a local, confessed about killing two girls. Meanwhile, as public outrage gives little signs of cooling down, Romania's President and prime minister clashed over the situation caused by authorities' lack of efficient response.

Detailed report on the "Caracal Case" here

The suspect, Gheorghe Dinca, admitted that he killed Alexandra, a 15-year old girl who was abducted on Wednesday, prosecutors and his attorney have announced. Prosecutors said the suspect confessed to have killed the teenager when he caught her phone in hand at noon on Thursday. The prosecutor said the man abducted Alexandra for sexual exploitation purposes, raped her and, after killing her, burned her body.

The girl "had no chance of defending herself", a prosecutor said, saying that another girl, Luiza, an 18-year old who had gone missing in spring, is believed to have suffered a similar fate.

  • The case, which was marked by a poignant incapacity of authorities to act in any relevant manner to attempt and save the abducted girl, has sparked public outcry and accusations of Romania becoming a failed state. That is, because the police, prosecutors and a special telecoms military service involved in the inquiry all failed to do their job properly after the girl herself called the 112 emergency repeatedly. They blamed each other for the tragedy.

But the case risks becoming a tool for warring politicians as the country braces for three round of elections over the next 18 months, including a presidential poll later this year.

On Sunday evening, President Iohannis urged to Government led by Social Democratic Party (PSD) new leader Viorica Dancila to seriously consider themselves being the moral author of the tragedy in Caracal.

And, saying that the PSD's main focus was to trample over judicial and criminal laws, he urged the PSD-ALDE governing coalition to drop attempted changes to these laws rapidly.

PM Dancila, who also plans to run for presidency, reacted by saying that she expected clear measures, decency and responsibility from the president, not a campaign speech. And she urged Iohannis to summon a meeting of the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) to discuss the situation on Monday, not on Tuesday as scheduled, as her Interior minister Nicolae Moga was ready to present a detailed report on the Caracal case on Sunday evening.


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