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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Walesa to Testify

WARSAW, Poland -- President Lech Walesa on Wednesday said he will testify in a parliamentary investigation against the authors of the 1981 Communist martial law crackdown against Solidarity. The investigation is to decide whether Generals Wojciech Jaruzelski and Czeslaw Kiszczak should face trial before the State Tribunal, the supreme court empowered to rule whether the country's top official violated the law. Jaruzelski, prime minister in 1981-85 and Communist Party chief in 1981-89, declared martial law Dec. 13, 1981, to crush anti-Communist opposition championed by Solidarity, the first free trade union in the former Soviet bloc. "I will speak the truth and the truth is quite brutal," said Walesa.