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Romanian prosecutors summon ex-president to testify in riots inquiry

[JURIST] Prosecutors on Monday summoned former Romanian President Ion Iliescu [Wikipedia profile] to testify in a criminal investigation into deadly riots by coal miners [Wikipedia backgrounder] in the 1990s. Iliescu refused to appear personally and instead sent his lawyers, who asked for a continuance to review evidence. No charges have been filed against him yet, but prosecutors are looking to charge Iliescu with undermining state authority or even crimes against humanity. The investigation stems from accusations that Iliescu asked coal miners to come to Bucharest and quell protests against his ruling party. He denies encouraging or asking for the miners. Reuters has more. Last week a Romanian court freed the militant leader of a 1991 miners strike [JURIST report].

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