INTRODUCTION: A Polish judge on Wednesday (17 June) granted a defence request to adjourn the trial in Warsaw of four nationalist dissidents to allow their lawyers more time to prepare their case.
SV Demonstrators with banner outside courthouse.
SV Demonstrators outside court with Polish flag.
SV PAN INT Four accused walk past newsmen towards courtroom.
SV Defendant Leszek Moczulski, (tall with glasses)talking to people outside courtroom
TOP VIEW & SV People waiting outside courtroom. (3 SHOTS)
CU Moczulski speaking to reporters in Polish after adjournment of case.
CU Defendant Tadeusz Jandziszak speaking in Polish.
CU Defendant Tadeusz Stanski.
CU Stanski's mother speaking in Polish to Stanski.
CU Defendant Romuald Szersmietiew.
CU (MUTE) Newspaper Article to be used as evidence.
CU Moczulski's photo in newspaper.
CU PAN List of international donors ending with Moczulski's name.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A Polish judge on Wednesday (17 June) granted a defence request to adjourn the trial in Warsaw of four nationalist dissidents to allow their lawyers more time to prepare their case. Judge Czeslaw Szablowski adjourned the trial of Leszek Moczulski, leader of the self-styled Confederation of Independent Poland, and three of his aides, until July 2. The trial began on Monday (15 June).
SYNOPSIS: A banner outside the court said political trials were a "disgrace" to Poland. Demonstrators supported that view and so did many other Poles. But these particular dissidents -- who are openly calling for an end to Communist rule -- are not receiving widespread sympathy from the rest of the nation. The most serious of the charges against the four defendants accuses them of trying, with Western help, to overthrow the Communist system by force. That charge could carry the death penalty.
Mr. Moczulski said all of the charges were ridiculous and he accused the judge at the trial of trying to bring back the repressive measures of Josef Stalin. Moczulski said he laughed when the charges were read in court.
Another defendant, Tadeusz Jandziszak, said he didn't want to overthrow the communist Party by force. What he wanted was free elections.
Defendant Tadeusz Stanski said he expected to be acquitted. But his mother was worried and felt there was something strange about the court's indictment.
Another defendant, Romuald Szeremietiew, was hoping his movement would receive help from Poland's Solidarity union. But Solidarity says it's waiting to see whether the government can prove the charges. The defendants are also accused of advocating that Poland severs it ties with other Soviet bloc countries.
Being used as evidence in the trial is an article, said to have been published by Moczulski, outlining the goals of his Confederation of Independent Poland and its intended methods of accomplishing them. The judge warned the accused men they would face legal sanctions if they engaged in activities "disrupting the legal order" before the trial resumes. A defence councillor said this meant the defendants, feed on bail on June 5, could by re-arrested.