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Three confess
to murdering
Polish priest

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WARSAW, Poland (AP)-Polish of-
ficials said yesterday that three of-
ficers of the secret police had been
charged with killing a pro-Solidarity
priest. The government said the priest
probably died of strangulation and that
the accused men said he showed no sign
of life when he was thrown into a reser-
A well-informed source said he ws
told that the abducted Rev. Jerzy
Popieluszko had been battered, gagged
and tied but was apparently still alive
when he was tossed into the water.


of the Interior Ministry's investigation
office, said Popieluszko probably died
of strangulation, the official news
agency PAP reported. State television
quoted Pudysz that the three secret-
police officers had confessed to killing
the 37-year-old priest after his abduc-
Also yesterday, PAP said the ruling
Politburo instructed Polish leader Gen.
Wojciech Jaruzolski to take over
supervision of Communist Party work
within the Interior Ministry.
In a statement, the Politburo said:
"What is an isolated event must not un-
dermine the good name of the...
security service and civil militia
charged that the political oppression in
Poland was trying to exploit
Popieluszko's killing for its own ends.
The statement also accused some
priests of engaging in "instigatory
agitation" after the priest's abduction.
The Interior Ministry controls
Poland's uniformed and secret police
forces.The three secret-police officers
charged with murdering Popieluszko
all worked for the Interior Ministry.
One colonel in the ministry also has
been charged with assisting in the
Roman Catholic priest's abduction and
slaying, a second colonel faces possible
internal disciplinary measures, and a
general has been suspended.
Pudysz told the parliamentary Com-
mission on Internal Affairs and Justice
that murder charges have been filed
against the secret-police captain and
two of his lieutenants. The
three-previously identifed as Capt.
Grzegorz Piotrowski and Lts.
Waldemar Chmielewski and Leszek
Pekala-were charged earlier with the
kidnapping of the priest.
Reports and rumors attributed to
family and colleagues of the priest said
the body bore signs of torture and
severe beating. Dissident history Jan
Jozef Lipski said Monday that reliable
church sources informed him the
Roman Catholic episcopate was keeping
the "terrifying" details of the autopsy
secret for fear of stirring public unrest.
PUDYSZ SAID the priest probably
died "as a result of strangulation
caused by either hand pressures, a
noose or a gag which disturbed the
breathing action." He said an official
cause of death would not be determined
until the results of laboratory tests are
Interior Minister Gen. Czeslaw Kisz-
cak told the parliamentary commisson
that statements from the three police
officers sadid Popieluszko showed no
sign of life when he was thrown into the
reservoir. Kiszcaks statement, repor-
ted by PAP, was the government's first
detailed account of the priest's abduc-
tion and killing.
court date
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"We're loath to ask them for an ad-
journment," said Koster. He too was
skeptical that the court will grant a
request for postponement, but said he
will probably ask for one.
Prosecuting attorney David Lady
said he has been ready to go to court
since summer. He said the sooner the
trial is over the better it will be for
everyone involved. If the defendents

request a postponement he said he will
not object but added that the decisions
rests entirely with Elden.
Koster said he does not think his
clients have received a fair and speedy
trial as promised in the Constitution. He
hopes to show that the postponements
interfered with the defendants' right to
due process creating grounds for
dismissal. He said he has yet to find
solid grounds for dismissal and refuses
to file any "flimsy motions" but said he
will continue to look for grounds
because "it is a way to win."

Complied from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Chile head reinstates minister
SANTIAGO, Chile - President Augusto Pinochet declared a state of siege -
yesterday, saying it was necessary to combat a wave of violence that left 10
dead in the last week and led to the resignation of his Cabinet.
Pinochet also refused to accept the resignation of Interior Minister Sergio
Onofre Iarpa, the chief minister, whose decision to step down Monday was
followed by the other 15 Cabinet ministers.
The state of siege, reimposed in Chile for the first time since 1978, in-
creased the military government's powers of arrests and broadened its
power to restrict civil liberties, particularly press freedom in varying degrees.
Pinochet announced last week that he was postponing plans to legitimize
political parties and warned he would reimpose a state of siege if protests
against his 11-year-old military regime escalated out of control.
The declaration came two days after two police were killed in the latest
outbreak of terrorist violence and a week after a new outburst of demon-.
strations left eight people dead.
Sandi cnistas sweep to easy win
MANAGUA, Nicaragua-Nicaragua's Sandinista rulers consolidated their power
yesterday, sweeping to an easy victory over minor parties in the first elec-
tion since the revolution that brought them to power in 1979.
Junta chief Daniel Ortega, presidential candidate of the leftist Sandinista
National Liberation Front, claimed victory Monday from the first returns
that showed the Front taking an easy majority. Final figures were not ex-
pected until tomorrow, but the results of 37 percent of the vote counted
showed the Sandinistas with 240,874 votes of the 355,069 valid votes cast for
president and vice president.
Totals available were from 1,450 of the 3,892 polling places in Sunday's
election for president, vice president and a 90-member national assembly.
The Sandinistas say the turnout exceeded 80 percent of the nearly 1.6
million eligible voters and that this is a show of support for their five years of
rule-despite the lack of significant opposition at the polls.
The major opposition, known as the Nicaraguan Democratic Coordinate,
boycotted the election because it said there were inadequate conditions for a
free and open campaign. The five small parties all supported the Sandinistas
in varying degrees.
Indians still search for peace
NEW DELHI, India-A week after Indira Gandhi's assassination, opposition
political and religious leaders told the new government the situation was
"still serious" throughout much of India and urged firm action to protect
the Sikhs from marauding Hindus.
A Sikh leader said thousands of Sikhs had been killed.
Indian army troops kept peace in New Delhi and other major cities, where
Hindu mobs had ransacked Sikh shops and homes in a four-day frenzy of
killing and destruction. The violence broke out after Gandhi's assassination
last Wednesday by two men identified as Sikh members of her security staff.
The United News of India said two of the senior police officers responsible
for Gandhi's security-G.R. Gupta, deputy commissioner of police, and D.C.
Gulia, the assistant commissioner-had been suspended pending completion
of an investigation into her killing.
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the 40-year-old elder son who succeeded his
mother hours after her death, last Saturday dismissed Lt. Gov. P.G. Gavai,
New Delhi's top administrative officer, who was criticized for allegedly lax
police efforts to stop the bloodbath.
Discovery to track satellites
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-As its five astronauts received last-minute
flight updates, crews prepared space shuttle Discovery for this morning's
liftoff on a mission to chase and capture two satellites that are whirling
around Earth in worthless orbits.
Discovery was set to roar away from the Kennedy Space Center at 8:22
a.m. EST and predictions were for scattered clouds, "no chance of fog," and
gentle winds.
During their eight days aloft, the astronauts will deliver two commercial
satellites to space, then make daring space walks to snag the two errant
satellites and lock them into the shuttle cargo bay for return to Earth.
It will be the first time that satellites have been brought back for repair. The
technique for tracking them down was developed last April when another
crew snapped parts on the Solar Max satellite and released it back into orbit.
Commanding the mission is veteran shuttle pilot Rick Hauck. Other crew
members are pilot David Walker and mission specialists Anna Fisher, Joe
Allen and Dale Gardner.
Passenger attack ends hi'ack
NICOSIA, Cyprus-Passengers and crew on a hijacked Saudi airliner at-
tacked their abductors yesterday while the plane was on the ground in
Tehran,clearing the way for arrest of the hijackers and release of all 131
hostages, news reports said.
The official Iranian news agency IRNA said the passenger action gave
Iranian troops a chance to storm the plane. A British passenger interviewed
by phone by the British Broadcasting Corp. did not mention the Iranian
troops, but said after the passenger attack, the people aboard the plane slid
down the plane's chutes to safety.
The two hijackers, identified only as citizens of North Yemen, had been
demanding half a million dollars for themselves and $500 million as Saudi
development aid for their impoverished-Red Sea country, IRNA said. Both
were arrested, it added.
One of the passengers was injured during the incident, IRNA said without
giving further details on the identity of the passenger or the gravity of in-

The hijack drama started shortly after midnight as the Saudi Airlines
Tristar jet, carrying 117 passengers and 14 crew on a flight from London to
Riyadh via Jidda, was about to land at its destination.
The two hijackers forced the pilot to fly north and land in Tehran, where
the episode ended a little less than 10 hours later.

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