Poland to sue Russia for Katyn massacre18.02.2010 11:31
The Polish government is joining a class action law suit against Russia in relation to the Katyn massacre.
The government is going to join the lawsuit, brought by
Witomile Wolk-Jezierska and twelve other Poles – relatives of Polish
officers murdered by the NKVD Soviet secret police in August 2009. The
Polish government will have the status of third party participant and
will have the right to propose motions before the arbiter – the European Court of Human Rights.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that, by 19 March
2010, Russia has to respond to charges, including humiliation and violation of the
right to life, guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.
The relatives of the victims of the Katyn massacre have been
seeking justice in Russian courts for years but the Russian justice
system has refused to restitute the murdered officers. Besides, the
Poles and prosecutors from the Institute of National Remembrance were also refused access to
documents on the Katyn investigation conducted in 2004, because Russia
claims they are confidential.
The Katyn massacre of 1940, in which over 20,000
Polish officers were murdered by the Soviet NKVD secret police has long
been a source of tension between the two countries, with Poland demanding Moscow to recognize the events as
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