Ceausescu's son loses trial against Bucharest theatre

13th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The son of late Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu lost the trial against a Bucharest theatre in which he contested a play about his parents' execution, a court said Wednesday.

The Bucharest tribunal "rejected the request as unfounded" on July 7, according to a note posted on its website, explaining that the parties can appeal the ruling.

In early January 2010, Valentin Ceausescu and Mircea Oprean, his late sister's husband, asked judicial officials to ban the show "The Last Hours of Ceausescu", requesting damages of one leu (about 0.23 euros/0.33 dollars).

Their attorney Haralambie Voicilas said the two had registered the "Ceausescu" trademark. The name can therefore no longer be used for commercial purposes without their consent, he argued.

He explained however that the ban did not apply to historical works, adding that "the plaintiffs' motive is not to get rich but to prevent that his father's name be ridiculed".

The docu-play was written by Milo Rau, one of the founders of the International Institute of Political Murder based in Berlin and Zurich.

After two shows in Bucharest in December 2009, the play was also performed in Berlin, then in the Swiss cities of Bern, Zurich and Lucerne.

Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were executed by firing squad on December 25, 1989, following a brief trial. Ceausescu's regime was the last to fall in Eastern Europe in 1989.

© 2011 AFP

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