Poland Evading Truth

In Torun, a call for death

He had amassed 17 volumes of evidence, 79 exhibits, 17 videocassettes and 13 tape recordings. But after 22 days of testimony, State Prosecutor Leszek Pietrasinski was no closer to providing the answer to the question that troubles many Poles about the trial in the Torun courtroom: Who really ordered Father Jerzy Popieluszko's death? The trial entered its final days last week as Pietrasinski gave his summation in the trial of the four secret-police officers charged in the abduction and murder of Popieluszko. The bespectacled prosecutor unleashed an almost theatrical fury upon the confessed leader of the priest's killers, former Secret Police...

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