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Romania: ex-prison commander charged with genocide

Prosecutors accuse ex-commander of Communist labor camp with genocide, related to 103 deaths

Romania: ex-prison commander charged with genocide

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The Romanian prosecutor's office has charged a former commander of a Communist labor camp with genocide for allegedly being responsible for 103 deaths.

Ion Ficior, 85, was deputy commander, then commander of the Periprava labor camp from 1958 to 1963. The camp in the remote Danube Delta village near the Black Sea held up to 2,000 prisoners.

Ficior declined to speak to reporters after he was charged Thursday. He told The Associated Press in an interview in June that only three or four died under his command.

The institute investigating crimes committed in the communist era asked for genocide charges to be brought. It says prisoners died from malnutrition, beatings, lack of medicine, and from dysentery caused by drinking dirty water from the Danube.