Defiant to the End

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?

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