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.
May 16, 2001 |
Former Communist leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski appeared in court Tuesday to face charges of ordering Polish troops to fire on striking shipyard workers during 1970 demonstrations that left at least 44 protesters dead and hundreds wounded. Jaruzelski, 77, who has been living in comfortable retirement, walked into the courtroom here with steady steps but using a cane, wearing his trademark tinted glasses and looking straight ahead.
March 29, 1996 |
Former Communist leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski went on trial for the 1970 shooting deaths of 44 shipyard workers who were taking part in mass protests against food price increases. Jaruzelski, 73, was Polish defense minister in 1970 and is charged with issuing the orders to shoot at workers in Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Elblag. More than 1,000 people were wounded in the attacks, which fueled worker discontent that crystallized later in the Solidarity trade union movement.
December 12, 1990 |
Defeated presidential candidate Stanislaw Tyminski said he has received permission to leave Poland. He said he plans to return temporarily to his family in Canada. Tyminski, who had been ordered to remain in the country pending investigation of slander charges stemming from the campaign, said he was required to post a $100,000 bond before he could leave. Meanwhile, the outgoing president, Gen.
October 3, 1990 |
Poland set Nov. 25 as the date for presidential elections that could replace ex-Communist Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski with Solidarity leader Lech Walesa. The announcement followed two weeks of frenzied parliamentary activity to pass legislation cutting short Jaruzelski's term. He announced Sept. 18 that he wants to step down to avoid becoming a focus for public protests.
September 19, 1990 |
Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski announced his intention to resign early and pave the way for free elections to make Poland a full democracy. Jaruzelski, a former Communist, announced his decision Tuesday after a six-hour meeting with Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and other top politicians to discuss progress toward Poland's first fully free elections since World War II.