May 18, 2001 |
Former Communist leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, facing murder charges in the crushing of 1970 labor strikes, suffered two legal setbacks Thursday when a judge rejected efforts to delay the trial and refused to allow defense attorneys to quit. The judge ordered the formal trial to begin today and barred Jaruzelski's lawyers from stepping down until new attorneys are in place.
February 23, 2001 |
The recent revelation that an alleged gang leader on the lam once received a pardon from former President Lech Walesa has triggered a wave of controversy in Poland about this common presidential prerogative. No one has accused Walesa of wrongdoing. But there have been allegations that one or more of his aides might have been bribed to prepare the paperwork for the 1993 pardon of Andrzej Zielinski.
October 20, 2000 |
After he won reelection in a first-round knockout, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his popular wife, Jolanta Kwasniewska, appeared at a victory rally with jubilant supporters, some of whom shouted out hopes that she will be his successor five years from now. "The presidency in this country is democratic, not dynastic," Kwasniewski, 45, responded at the event earlier this month, while going on to thank his wife as "a great support in difficult moments."
August 11, 2000 |
A Polish court ruled Thursday that President Aleksander Kwasniewski did not work for the Communist-era secret police, freeing him to run for reelection in October. The court issued its verdict a day after hearing testimony from former officers of the secret police who disputed suggestions in old police files that Kwasniewski, an ex-Communist, worked as an agent code-named Alek in the early 1980s. "I am very pleased.
May 30, 2000 |
Poland's prime minister rejected the resignations of five Cabinet ministers, demanding new talks to keep his government from collapsing and facing elections it would probably lose. The ministers are from the Freedom Union, the Solidarity-led government's junior coalition partner, which wants Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek to step down. They resigned Sunday.
March 5, 2000 |
Yemeni tribesmen released Poland's ambassador unharmed early today after holding him captive for nearly four days. Krzysztof Suprowicz's wife, Nina, said he arrived this morning at the embassy here in the capital. Suprowicz was abducted Wednesday by members of the Yamaneyatain tribe after dropping his wife and daughter off at the dentist in downtown Sana. The abductors demanded that the Yemeni government free fellow tribesmen arrested recently in exchange for the envoy's release.