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Europe court condemns Poland over Walesa agent claims

He vehemently denied the claims

23 November, 16:32

(ANSA-AFP) - STRASBOURG, NOV 23 - Europe's top rights court on Thursday ruled Poland violated Lech Walesa's human rights in a case stemming from allegations the celebrated pro-democracy leader was a Communist agent collaborating with security services. Walesa, 80, has always vehemently denied the claims made by a former associate dating back 20 years that under the codename "Bolek" he spied on colleagues for the Communist authorities. He won a defamation case at the court of appeal in Poland but this verdict was then quashed at the Supreme Court under newly-created legislation. In its judgement, the European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously that Poland had breached Walesa's right to fair legal proceedings and right to respect for his private life. It said that the instance that examined the appeal against the original verdict was not an "independent and impartial tribunal established by law" and added that there were indications Polish authorities abused procedures to "further... (their) own political opinions and motives." (ANSA-AFP).

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