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Romania Court President Dies

April 6, 2000

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Sorin Moisescu, the president of Romania’s Supreme Court and a leader in the 1989 revolt that ended Communist rule, died Thursday of a heart attack, the court said. He was 61.

During the violent revolution in December 1989, Moisescu spoke from the balcony of the Communist Party headquarters in Bucharest, urging demonstrators to set up a new political and democratic system after years of Soviet influence.

The revolt ended with the Christmas Day execution of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Moisescu held several top judicial positions after 1989 and was appointed president of Romania’s Supreme Court in June 1998.

He was to be buried on Sunday at the Bellu cemetery in Bucharest. He is survived by his wife and a son.

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