Jaruzelski in 'shoot to kill' trial

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The Independent Online
WARSAW (AP) - General Wojciech Jaruzelski testified yesterday at an inquiry into whether his interior minister ordered striking miners shot, as Poland pursues leaders of the old Communist regime.

Two generals are on trial for allegedly masterminding the murder of the Solidarity priest Jerzy Popieluszko. And the first arrest for a Stalinist-era crime was made last week when 75-year-old Adam Humer, the investigations director in the post-war interior ministry, was charged with torturing to death a political prisoner. 'We need a first trial of this crime, not only to put the law into effect but also as symbolic compensation for hundreds of thousands of Poles who suffered under Stalin,' an MP, Andrzej Urbanski, told the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.