For two hours on Christmas Day an unrepentant Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu faced an invisible tribunal. In answer to charges of genocide, subversion of the national economy and secreting $1 billion in foreign bank accounts, the couple defiantly challenged the right of their accusers to judge them. Excerpts:
Ceausescu (arguing loudly): I do not recognize this court. Read the constitution.
Prosecutor: We've read the constitution. We know it better than you do.
Ceausescu: I will not answer a single question.
Prosecutor: What possessed you to reduce the people to the state they were in? Why did the people have to starve?...