Poland Keeping the Lid on Murder

A secret-police witness denies complicity at "the top"

Voice firm and eyes unyielding, the former captain of the Polish secret police recalled the night of the murder. It was, he said, the first time he had struck a man "in my adult life." He said: "I hit him at least two, most probably three or four times, in the area of the head. I have the impression I put something into his mouth. I don't know if it was really like that or if it is a scene from a dream." Pausing briefly, Grzegorz Piotrowski, the 33-year- old, soft-spoken former high school mathematics teacher declared: "That was the beginning...

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