WARSAW — Poland's Supreme Court has sharply cut the prison sentences of four secret police convicted of the killing of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the pro-Solidarity priest, Poland's chief government spokesman said today.
The decision was made for "humanitarian reasons," government spokesman Jerzy Urban said. The four officers were convicted of the 1984 murder of Popieluszko. A 10-year reduction was ordered in the 25-year sentence of the ringleader, Capt. Grzegorz Piotrowski. The 15-year sentence of Col. Adam Pietruszka was reduced to 10 years. Urban said he did not know the exact amount of the reduction of the sentences for the other two officers.