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Ceausescu Daughter Request Refused

March 17, 2000

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ A court has rejected a request by the daughter of Romania’s late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu for the return of personal belongings confiscated during the 1989 anti-communist revolt, a news agency reported.

It was the second time that a court has rejected Zoe Ceausescu’s request, the Mediafax new agency reported late Thursday. Bucharest Court could not immediately be contacted.

The decision can be appealed, the agency reported. No reason was given for the rejection.

Zoe Ceausescu, 47, a mathematician, is suffering from lung cancer and lives with her husband in a small apartment in Bucharest. She rarely ventures out of her home.

Her brother, Valentin _ the eldest of the Ceausescu siblings _ has complained that authorities have blocked his attempts to recover his parents’ death certificates and items taken from the family at the time of the revolt. He believes some of the goods have been stolen or misappropriated.

Ceausescu’s 25 years of harsh rule ended when he and his wife Elena were shot to death by a firing squad on Christmas Day 1989, after a summary trial by a military court in Targoviste, about 50 miles northwest of Bucharest.

The three Ceausescu children were arrested during the uprising. Zoe and Valentin were released eight months later. Nicu Ceausescu, convicted of his role in the slaying of 89 people who died during the revolt, was later released on grounds of ill health and died in Vienna in 1996 after suffering cirrhosis of the liver.

Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were accused of genocide and undermining the national economy. About 1,000 people died during the 1989 anti-communist uprising as forces loyal to Ceausescu battled with street protesters.

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