Poland in the Dock

The Popieluszko trial begins

As a helicopter hovered overhead, dozens of policemen set up barricades, blocking the approaches to the yellow brick courthouse on Piekarska Street in the provincial city of Torun, 100 miles northwest of Warsaw. The strict security precautions seemed grimly ironic, considering the fact that the four men who were brought to trial in handcuffs last week were, like the policemen outside, employees of the Ministry of the Interior. The four, all secret policemen, are charged in the plot to abduct and murder Father Jerzy Popieluszko, 37, a Roman Catholic priest who was an outspoken supporter of the banned Solidarity trade union....

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