(Romania) Self-Defense to the forefront


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Drizzt
October 11, 2005, 10:28 PM
Fire by Fire

by Laurentiu Ciocazanu
Sunday, 09 Octomber 2005

What should we do with the thief shot dead in Primaverii neighborhood?

The thief shot dead inside the home of fashion designer Romanita Iovan should be granted a post mortem medal for having contributed to the promotion of the new Penal Code. Bogdan Iancu, a recidivist, has ended his mission on Earth after having stolen a handful of jewels from the home of Iovan family. He was just getting ready to return to Ferentari base. The operation was a half success as the owner of the villa in Primaverii St. no longer waited for the hare hunting season to begin and discharged the weapon for such game into the body of the 27 year old man.

Right to the target. The following day, the newspapers wrote that the dead man was to blame as the owner has released the trigger of the gun in self defense. Tens of prime time talk shows and hundreds of ads would not have aroused so much interest for the changes brought to the Penal Code like the Wednesday night execution did.

The extensive coverage of the case made us understand that the term of self defense is no longer an obsolete reply in the American movies. Now, self defense is also working in Romania. Since this July, when the Penal Code enriched itself with the formula "The individual that commits such act in order to reject the breaking in of other individuals by violence, slyness, burglary or other such means into a room ...... is also presumed to be in self defense "

The above excerpt confirms that a mini revolution has recently taken place in Romania in the field of regulations regarding the property right. This represents the ultimate proof that property is no longer a simple trifle as Ion Iliescu once said, but a sometimes lethal gun in the hands of the legal owner of a palace, a villa, a one room apartment or a piece of enclosed land.

This is what ends the nightmare of millions of owners, victims of Social-Democrat Romania of Iliescu origin. They have all suffered because everything had worked in favor of ambiguous property. From the Constitution that did not guarantee the property to the Land Law which has caused armies of citizens to fight on the sad hallways of court houses.

But the western movie in Romanita Iovan's home does not have to be regarded as a good example of how to handle the trigger. If we will look at the force of self defense this way we might soon be counting a great number of victims of abuse. Then, any escaped shadow will be a target for any excited neighbor.

On the other hand, the case in Primaverii St. should reopen talks on the access to arms. In a country where citizens' safety is constantly crumbling under the criminal pressure there is already the temptation of investments into carbines. The right to self defense, now protected by law, will speed up the race of family arming even more.

Therefore, checks and rigor! Otherwise, if the rule will be: no house without a gun, the thieves or other property trespassing professionals will make no exception to it. A case in which the self defense will not necessarily offer the first chance to the legal owner.

http://www.expres.ro/english/?news_id=199828

It's a little hard to understand in places, but I thought it important to notice the new found respect for both private property, and the defense of said property in Romania. Interesting that defense of property is considered self-defense there, while most states here in the US do not give it the same consideration.

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Standing Wolf
October 11, 2005, 11:00 PM
...the term of self defense is no longer an obsolete reply in the American movies.

Welcome to reality!

beerslurpy
October 11, 2005, 11:05 PM
That engrish much is suffering! But still, that is awesome. I am glad the Romanians have developed a taste for burglar blasting.

Looks like Romania gets the title "The Florida of Europe." (or texas?)

Lupinus
October 11, 2005, 11:29 PM
Always good when a state or country puts the rights of the victemized or burglerized ahead of criminal's.

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