Aide to ex-Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu diesJuly 13, 2014 @ 3:36 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A devoted aide of ex-Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu who was sent to quell protests that sparked the 1989 revolution has died. He was 87.
Emil Bobu died from a heart attack Saturday at a Bucharest hospital, spokesman Leonard Grecescu told The Associated Press on Sunday.
In December 1989, Ceausescu sent Bobu to Timisoara to stamp out an uprising. He failed and days later, he accompanied Ceausescu on a helicopter as he fled angry crowds in Bucharest. Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed that month.
During his 45-year career, Bobu served as a military prosecutor, interior minister and labor minister.
In 1990, he was sentenced to prison for complicity to genocide, later downgraded to complicity in aggravated manslaughter. He was released in 1993 on health grounds.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Despite legalization, 'business is good' for Seattle's illegal pot dealers
KIRO Radio's Jason Rantz learns the SDOT's right-turn ban on Dexter was rushed
Some of the most beautiful animals in the world are disappearing from Washington
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.