Ex-Polish president, anti-communist & Nobel Peace Prize winner Walesa faces jail over denying links to сommunist secret police — RT World News

Former Polish President Lech Walesa was summoned to the nation’s prosecutor’s office on Friday on charges of perjury in a case related to his alleged links to the socialist-era Polish secret police.

The leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement known as a pro-democracy activist, Walesa was summoned to hear the charges related to his testimony back in 2016. Walesa, a leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement, was summoned to testify in the charges against him. He claimed that he did not have anything to do it with the documents claiming he was a secret officer informant.

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Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance, which initiated the case against Walesa last year in 2016, stated now that experts opinions and additional evidence had confirmed that the documents are authentic. Since 2016, the IPN has maintained this view since it brought the case against Walesa.

Dating back to the 1970s, the documents were retrieved from the home of the widow of General Czeslaw Kiszczak, who was also communist Poland’s last prime minister. A personal file on an informant nicknamed only as ‘Bolek’ contains over 150 documents, including payment receipts and a handwritten commitment to cooperate with the socialist-era Polish Security Service alongside various reports submitted by the informant.

The Polish Prosecutor’s Office that launched the case against Walesa over the documents requested an expert opinion from the Institute of Judicial Expertise. Polish media reported that experts from the field of handwriting determined that many of the files were created by Walesa. According to the media, the experts compared the documents with 140 papers written by or signed personally by Walesa between 1963 and 2016.

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The experts’ conclusion was then published by the IPN – an institution responsible for exposing historical crimes in Poland. A sentence for perjury in Poland can be anywhere from six months to eight years imprisonment.

Walesa is the co-founder, and continues to deny, all accusations. A Facebook post by Walesa denies all accusations. “shameful”He claimed that charges had been aimed at “downplaying his role in history.”

He said also that “the prosecutor’s office is not where historical truths are established.” “The truth about those times is something for historians to decide about, and I am not afraid of history’s verdict,”He also stated that he did not collaborate with communist secret agencies.

He then accused the IPN of fabricating the documents at the behest of the leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. There are some connections between the National Remembrance Institute and the Law and Justice Party. In the past, it has accused Walesa and pro-democracy activists with helping communists. is also available
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Walesa has always been critical of Kaczynski and the reforms that his party initiated to the judiciary and media after it was in power.

A special court in 2000 cleared the former president of all charges related to his alleged involvement with the communist-era Polish Security Service. In 1983, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the socialism. “campaign for freedom of organization in Poland”It was also known as a “symbol of revolt”This was the Nobel Prize committee.

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