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Iliescu to Be Questioned About 1991 Riots


Romanian prosecutors have summoned former President Ion Iliescu to appear at an inquiry into a 1991 riot by coal miners that left at least six people dead.

A lawyer for Mr. Iliescu confirmed he received the summons to appear before the inquiry. The rioting forced the resignation of then-Prime Minister Petre Roman, a rival of Mr. Iliescu, who headed the first government set up in Romania following the 1989 overthrow and execution of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Last year, shortly before concluding his final term as president, Mr. Iliescu pardoned coal miner leader Miron Cozma, who brought the rampaging miners into Bucharest. He revoked the pardon the following day after a strong public reaction to his decision.

Cozma, an ally of Mr. Iliescu, has been serving an 18-year sentence for his role in riots.

Some information for this report provided by AP