May 19, 2001 |
A Polish court Friday postponed the murder trial of the country's last Communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, over the killing of 44 protesting shipyard workers in 1970. It was the latest of several delays in the prosecution's efforts to hold the elderly general and his Communist comrades responsible for the violent suppression of a popular revolt that ultimately led to the end of Communist rule in Poland.
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.
November 1, 1994 |
Erich Honecker. The hard-line East German Communist leader who supervised construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 was toppled from power in October, 1989. He fled to Moscow in early 1990 but was returned to Germany the following year to face trial for killings at the Wall. Suffering from cancer, his trial was terminated on health grounds in early 1993 with no verdict. He flew immediately to Chile to spend his final months with his daughter. He died in Santiago in May at age 81. Egon Krenz, 57.
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.