- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanian military prosecutors on Tuesday indicted a former officer in connection with the death of a well-known dissident who was killed in prison in 1985.

The military prosecutors’ office charged Marian Parvulescu, a retired Securitate secret police officer, with crimes against humanity in the beating death of Gheorghe Ursu.

Ursu was killed on the orders of the Securitate for keeping a diary in which he criticized the regime of former communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.

Romania has been slow to prosecute those who allegedly committed abuses under Ceausescu because many officials retained their jobs after 1990.

The indictment was highly unusual and Ursu’s son Andrei Ursu praised the move.

“There is some reason for hope now, more importantly (there is hope for) Romanian society’s potential for reform and desire for justice,” he told The Associated Press.

Andrei Ursu, a Romanian-born U.S. citizen went on a hunger strike in October to protest the lack of investigation into his father’s death, and received assurances the case would be reopened after 17 days.

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