Sunday, April 06, 2008

Former Polish president's trial adjourned

The civil proceedings against Poland's former president Aleksander Kwasniewski have been adjourned until 10 June.

Kwasniewski was sued by the Polish weekly Wprost, after the former president called it a "magazine of the former communist secret service".

Today's hearing did not take place due to illness of the judge chairing the proceedings.

For the June hearing the court has scheduled questioning several Wprost journalists, among them Maciej Rybinski, and the defendant, Aleksander Kwasniewski.

Wprost's plenipotentiary stated that the journalists are ready to testify that Kwasniewski's words undermine their credibility as accountable journalists. Kwasniewski's lawyer said that he will notify the former president of the new date of the hearing, but stipulated that Kwasniewski might be unable to attend, due to frequent visits to the US.