Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Polish lawmakers open probe of ex-minister's suicide

Polish lawmakers are opening an investigation into the suicide last year of a former government minister who killed herself in the bathroom as police searched her house.

A special commission of seven lawmakers is starting its work Monday. It is supposed to determine whether police and prosecutors acted properly when special agents staged the April 25, 2007, search of the house of Barbara Blida, a former construction minister.

Blida was under investigation for alleged corruption. She served in a former left-wing government.

It is not clear how long the investigation will take.