The King of Romania, Possible Witness in 70 Years Old Case

King Michael the First of Romania, as a young monarch, 1946

A court in Timişoara, Romania, will be ruling upon a request to call the former Romanian King, Michael the First of Romania, to the witness stand, in a case involving a property dispute between the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and the local state university. His Majesty is the last surviving head of state from the time of the Second World War. The property being litigated, named the Lloyd Palace, in Timişoara, used to belong to the Chamber of Commerce until 1945, when a royal decree transfered its property to the local University – “Universitatea de Vest”. The Chamber of Commerce is now reclaiming the building and argues that the royal decree was signed under pressure from the governing Communist Party – the same party that, in 1947, forced the same monarch to abdicate and leave the country.

“There should be a direct distinction between a benevolent act of donation and the actions of the communists, who simply grabbed every piece of property they could. Our building was nationalized. We were forced to give it up”, it is pointed out in a press release from the Chamber of Commerce.

The Lloyd Palace, completed in 1912, is the property under debate

“Our barrister has asked the court to allow that his Majesty King Michael the First be heard as a witness in this case. His Majesty is the only one able to clarify whether he was forced by the communists or not to transfer the property”, added the president of the Timişoara Chamber of Commerce, Georgică Cornu. The court has, so far, overruled the request that the King gives testimony in this case.

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One Comment to “The King of Romania, Possible Witness in 70 Years Old Case”

  1. what a joy, first to lose it all, then to be forced to live in exile, and after 50 years to be invited to restore justice in front of the pupils of those who “helped” the depossession…

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