Government Official Faces Charges in Bujak Investigation
WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Authorities have arrested a Polish government official on charges he helped hide Solidarity underground leader Zbigniew Bujak, for years the government’s most-wanted political fugitive, officials said Tuesday.
Government spokesman Jerzy Urban confirmed earlier reports that Zbigniew Wroniak, identified by sources as a Foreign Ministry official, was arrested after police captured Bujak on May 31.
The Warsaw apartment where Bujak was arrested belonged to Wroniak’s daughter, Julita, and her husband, Tomasz Mirkowicz, who were living abroad at the time, said Urban. He said there was no reason to suspect the couple was aware Bujak used their apartment as a hiding place.
He said Wroniak faces charges of making ″the penal proceedings more difficult or impossible by aiding the criminal perpetrator to escape penal responsibility, especially by hiding the perpetrator.″
Urban did not elaborate on Wroniak’s alleged role in the Bujak case. ″I cannot, however, confirm the fact of Wroniak’s cooperation with the Solidarity underground,″ Urban said.
He would not say what position Wroniak held in the government. Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Wroniak is a deputy director of a Foreign Ministry department responsible for administration and finance.
The sources said Wroniak has been held at Rakowiecka Prison in Warsaw since Bujak’s arrest. If convicted, Wroniak faces up to five years in prison.
Bujak, 31, headed Solidarity’s Provisional Coordinating Commission. He eluded authorities in December 1981 when the government imposed martial law and, for nearly five years, was the most-wanted political fugitive.
Bujak has been charged with plotting to overthrow the country’s communist system by force. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
Urban said a ″sizable group″ of Solidarity underground activists in Warsaw have been arrested since Bujak’s capture. He refused to give a specific number.
Bujak and two other prominent activists, Konrad Bielinski and Ewa Kulik, were picked up in separate police raids on May 31.
Zbigniew Lewicki, acting head of the English department at Warsaw University, and his girlfriend, Alicja Komorowska, were also arrested in connection with the Bujak case, said opposition sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.