Saturday, May 12, 2007

Polish lustration law struck down

A Polish court has struck down as unconstitutional a law requiring Communist-era informants to confess their sins. The country's constitutional court ruled that the law could not be applied collectively to the estimated 700,000 people considered to be "people filling a public function," and instead would have to be carried out only on a case-by-case basis. The BBC said Friday's ruling was seen as a setback for Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, whose government had proposed the expansion of the law, which had previously only applied to senior public officials. The government has made a priority of ferreting out informants who cooperated with the former regime's secret police. The expanded law would have applied to non-government occupations such as teachers and journalists.