Poland Grim Diversion

Gory testimony in Torun

The mood has changed abruptly from the soporific to the macabre. And yet despite some grisly testimony, Polish public reaction to the trial of four Polish secret policemen for the abduction of Father Jerzy Popieluszko remains subdued. Poles have grown accustomed to switching on the state-controlled radio broadcast at 10:30 every night and listening to the latest installment of death and deception as defense attorneys and prosecutors alike in Torun's Courtroom 40 continue to tolerate a flood of contradictions from the witness stand. Perhaps to divert attention from Torun, early last week Premier Wojciech Jaruzelski paid an unprecedented visit to the...

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