Former militia officer suspected of shooting miners detained

Roman S., a former member of the Civic Militia (MO) who reportedly took part in the pacification of “Wujek” mine was detained in Croatia.

Victim of communist regime Grzegorz Przemyk died 36 years ago

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Mr S. (name withheld under the Polish privacy law) was allegedly a member of a special platoon of MO, which on December 16, 1981, three days after the introduction of martial law in Poland, entered the “Wujek” mine, where miners were protesting against the martial law.

He was detained on May 17 in Croatia, the authorities in Zagreb agreed to hand him over to Poland. It was revealed that Mr S. forfeited his Polish citizenship and became a citizen of Germany.

He was wanted under a European Arrest Warrant, the document was passed to the German authorities, but they denied conducting it.

“Justice will finally be served,” Zbigniew Ziobro, the Justice Minister of Poland commented on the apprehension of Mr S.

On December 16, 1981, officers of the Civic Militia fired live ammunition against miners of “Wujek” coal mine, who were protesting against the introduction of martial law in Poland.

A total of nine miners died as a result of the attack, and twenty more were injured. This attack was the largest massacre during the period of martial law in communist Poland.