Monday, April 25, 2011

ROMANIA - The Royal Court Cioaba

Conflict between Roma will désormaisêtre considered in Sibiu, in a room specially designed for the "stabor (Gypsy justice), not plusau home parties, as before. The first Hall of Justice was inaugurated at the end rom Febru-ary, in order, with bombastic speeches and ribbon, just opposite the palace of King Cioaba, the former European Capital of Culture, Sibiu, on the streets of Wheat .

"We do not want to set up a parallel institution to those of the Romanian state. The "stabor" is justice for Roma and has worked for hundreds of years. Ilreprésente, if you want a mediator. We have over 40 young Roma graduates in law and who will specialize to become authorized mediators, "said the king Florin Cioaba.

Inside, it's full to bursting. Journalists, judges, jugeset onlookers crowded into lasalle audience for the first pro-cess "legal." "Before, we met in the street or in people's homes. Today we have a place for us where we can get together without disturbing anyone, "said one of the seven judges Roma.

Everyone should add however that the decision will not replace Gypsy Ala official justice. "But there are many cases where judges can not understand us. For example, in our view, it is customary that a woman does not pass before a man. The courts would not understand our customs and we would feel ridiculed.

One of our values. How could we explain to the judge that it is a sign of disrespect for a woman to walk past a man, and we expect him to understand? "Asked Dorin Cioaba, chairman of the judges but also the son King Cioaba. Thanks to "stabor, the leaders of the Roma community in Sibiu their subjects want to avoid conflict with the law.

"We do not want independence, but the maintenance of community relations. Justice is not alone. For this reason we tell you that you can visit us at "stabor," whatever your problem. If you have any problems with the law, we can explain what you should do. If you have problems, we can arrange interviews, we can even represent you in court, and even Europe, "said Dorin Cioaba.

Once the speeches ended, the seven judges take a seat. In fact, only six, because there is no seat for the seventh ... But we move quickly into the incident and the trial is open: two step-brothers fighting over a necklace of gold coins given to one by the mother of another. Since then, the owner of the necklace is dead and his son - the complainant - can not retrieve the necklace.

"My mother died and I want the necklace be returned to me. I want it because it comes from my mother, "he pleads. Judges open hostilities. "How many rooms are there on the collar?" Chaos then settled: we happen to mention the burial of the woman who committed the imprudence to throw the necklace between two men.

"I sold the gold, mister president. I had no money to bury him. And if I were not busy, the dogs would have eaten, "pleads the holder of the collar. The son jumps on the ceiling: "I paid 99,000 lei [24 000] for the funeral!" 99,000 lei? Hear it, good people, 99 000 lei! You, you've never seen so much money all your life, "against the first attack, trying to attract the audience on his side.

Problem: two judges are directly involved in the case. One witness was when the woman left the necklace in inheritance, the other helped the funeral of the woman. The two judges do not know how to scroll. The loophole is one of their colleagues, who asked to defer the matter for hearing witnesses.

Pleased to have served and to have hit the hammer on the table, the seven judges left the room on "Amen" of women. Justice, it will be a next time.

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