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Poland: President Cleared Of Spying Charges

Warsaw, 10 August 2000 (RFE/RL) - A special Polish court today cleared President Aleksander Kwasniewski of allegations that he had collaborated with the communist-era secret police. Kwasniewski denied the allegations and the court ruled that he was telling the truth. The case resulted from a recent law requiring top officials, including presidential candidates, to declare past links with the secret police. There is no penalty for admitting collaboration but officials found lying face a fine and are barred from senior posts for 10 years.

Kwasniewski is running for re-election. He is heavily favored to win the contest, scheduled for October 8.

Several other candidates have already been cleared of any ties with the communist secret services.