Posts tagged ‘case’

19 March 2011

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.

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11 January 2011

French Family Buys Gipsy Child from Romania in Installments

A Gipsy couple from Romania was arrested on Monday evening by the special Organized Crime Prosecutor’s Office, under charges of human trafficking. According to the investigators, the couple had agreed to sell on of their children to a French family, while in France, in the year 2004. The price agreed was 5.000 Euros and the buyers allegedly paid it in installments. While the last part of the sum was being paid, the prosecutors came and arrested the couple. They face a sentence of 20 years in prison and a judge is expected to rule on their arrest warrants on Tuesday.

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