Victor Stanculescu


Age: 88

Romanian retired general who organized the summary trial of Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena Ceausescu when he held a senior position in Ceausescu's regime as the Communist leader dispatched him to crack down on demonstrators protesting against Ceausescu's rule in the city of Timisoara in December 1989 (he was promoted to defense minister after Ceausescu's Defense Minister Vasile Milea fatally shot himself), who advised the Ceausescus to flee angry protests in a helicopter after the revolt spread to Bucharest, then turned against the Ceausescus and was a key organizer of the couple's trial when they were executed by firing squad after the summary trial on December 25, 1989 but who never expressed remorse for his role in the deaths of more than 1,300 demonstrators.

Cause of Death: After a stroke

Born: May 10, 1928

Died: June 19, 2016

Bucharest, Romania