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Former senator faces charges over murder of journalist

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Nick Hodge 29.06.2015 09:43
A former senator is facing charges on Monday once again in connection with the murder of journalist Jarosław Ziętara, who disappeared in September 1992.
Jarosław Ziętara. Photo: Family archiveJarosław Ziętara. Photo: Family archive

Krakow's Appellate Prosecutor's Office is referring its indictment against Aleksander Gawronik (rights to anonymity waived) to court on Monday.

Gawronik, who once ran a network of bureaux de change and became the richest man in Poland in 1990 after the fall of communism, will be charged with 'incitement to murder.'

The former senator was initially arrested and charged in November 2014, but he was later released.

The Krakow's Appellate Prosecutor's Office has stressed that its investigation widened over the last six months, with new testimonies from key witnesses. Several other figures are being investigated in connection with the alleged murder.

Jaroslaw Ziętara was an investigative journalist from Poznań who wrote about economic scandals.

He had worked for the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, the Wprost weekly and then Gazeta Poznanska, for whom he was writing at the time of his disappearance

He vanished on his way to work on 1 September 1992. His body was never found, but in 1998, Poznań prosecutors concluded that the journalist had been abducted and murdered.

Former senator Gawronik, who was in office from 1993-1997, recently served an 8-year prison sentence for tax evasion, but he denies any hand in the journalist's murder. (nh)

Source: PAP/IAR

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