FILE - In a file picture taken on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, media surrounds retired Lt. Col. Alexandru Visinescu, who ran the Ramnicu Sarat communist prison from 1956 to 1963 as he leaves a court in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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A court Friday set a 20-year sentence for a communist-era prison commander convicted of crimes against humanity in the deaths of 12 inmates, in the first such trial in Romania.The Appeals Court sentenced the 89-year-old Alexandru Visinescu to 20 years for deaths which happened under his command. Visinescu is the first prison commander from that time to stand trial.Ion Ficior, who ran the Periprava labor camp, is awaiting trial for crimes against humanity for the deaths of 103 people there.
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