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Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
Polish ex-minister tried for miners' deaths
The former Polish interior minister, General Czeslaw Kiszczak, has gone on trial in Warsaw for his alleged role in the killing of nine striking coal miners in 1981.

He has been charged with giving the police orders to use force to break a strike at two mines in the southern region of Silesia.

The incident took place when Poland was under martial law.

General Kiszczak has denied the charges.

Second trial

This is the second time he is being tried for his role in the suppression of the strike.

He was found not guilty during the first trial in 1996, but the verdict was overturned a year later.

Yesterday the former communist leader of Poland, General Wojcieh Jaruzelski, went on trial for allegedly giving the order to shoot at striking shipyard workers in 1970.

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