Twenty four years after martial law, Jaruzelski is to be charged with ‘breaking the constitution’.
He’s 82 years old, has an attractive daughter in show business and was hoping for a quiet retirement.
But General Wojciech Jaruzeski will not be allowed to drift quietly into obscurity just yet. Ewa Koj, a prosecutor with the National Remembrance Institute, which pursues communist-era crimes, is preparing to charge the old dictator with harassment, internment of thousands of prisoners during and after the martial law period (late 1981-2) and the deaths of over 100 people.
"It's necessary to say at last that the general is not a hero, that what he did was bad and brought about serious consequences," Koj said on TVN24 television.
The charges could lead to Jaruzelski being banged up for up to three years in prison.
The General has always maintained that if he had not imposed marial law on December 13 then the Soviets would have done something about it themselves.
Many Poles, however, agree that Jaruzelski is not a villan, but was acting for the good of the country.
Jaruzelski’s lawyers are certainly busy. The General still faces trial for the 1970 shooting to death of striking shipyard workers in Gdansk and other port cities when he was defence minister. The trial began in 2001, but ran in to procedural problems.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Posted by beatroot at 12/14/2005