Sunday, May 13, 2007

Polish MEP to keep post without going through lustration

A leading Polish member of the European Parliament who refused to submit a declaration that he did not cooperate with communist-era secret police will not have his mandate revoked, his political group said Saturday, after Poland's highest court struck down legislation requiring him to do so. Bronislaw Geremek, 75, a former dissident and foreign minister, faced losing his mandate after refusing to comply with the controversial law, which he said violated moral rules and threatened the freedom of speech. The warning by Polish officials that he could be stripped of his duties caused a stir in the EU assembly, and all major political groups stood by Geremek.