Poland Hints of a Contract From the Top

A murder trial bares the workings of the secret police

As Waldemar Chmielewski, a former lieutenant of the Polish secret police, stood up in the defendants' box, a nervous tic on the right side of his face caused his dark mustache to twitch uncontrollably. Chmielewski and three other members of the security forces went on trial two weeks ago in the city of Toruan, 100 miles northwest of Warsaw. They have been charged in last October's abduction and murder of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a militant supporter of the banned Solidarity trade-union movement. It was Chmielewski's turn to testify last week, and the thought that his life might be hanging in the...

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