Page 2, 16th February 1990

16th February 1990
Page 2
Page 2, 16th February 1990 — Fresh doubts on Polish priests' death
Close

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.

Tags

Locations: Warsaw

Share


Related articles

Inquiry Launched Into Cleric's Mystery Death

Page 2 from 22nd May 1992

Murders Investigated

Page 1 from 11th August 1989

Funerals Shadow Talks

Page 2 from 10th February 1989

Priest Killers' Stalk Poland

Page 2 from 9th August 1996

Solidarity Protest At Funeral Of Murdered Parish Priest

Page 2 from 3rd February 1989

Fresh doubts on Polish priests' death

by Wojciech Waligorski MURDER can not be excluded as the possible cause of death of two Polish priests Fr Stefan Niedzielak and Fr Sylwester Zych, prosecutors in charge of an investigation into their deaths said recently. Both priests were for years outspoken critics of communist regime. The mysterious circumstances of their deaths caused concern and suspicions that they both could have been victims of the secret police.

Fr Niedzielak was found died in his Warsaw flat in January 1988, Fr Zych on a bus-stop bench in Baltic resort of Krynica Morska in July 1988. In the latter case the official version said that he had been found dead, and witnesses were provided who claimed to have seen him drinking late into the night of his death in a bar in the company of another man. Public opinion, however, never trusted official explanations given by the communist government in 1988.

Recent statements by the prosecutors Maciej Bialek and Worciech Mazurek mark a change in their attitude caused, observers feel, by wide-spread accusations of incompetence and lack of resolve. Both applied in the press for members of the public to submit new evidence which could help to solve the crimes. A telephone number was given for the potential informants.

A Special Parliamentary Commission investigating the activities of the Ministry of Interior (MSW) demanded recently an explanation of the mass shredding of the ministry's documents makes an investigation almost impossible of a impossible an investigation of a list of possible MSW victims in the 1980s, on which both priests figure, the sceptics say.




blog comments powered by Disqus