Three men have been charged over the 1992 murders of Poland's former communist prime minister Piotr Jaroszewicz and his wife, with two of the suspects confessing, the country's justice minister said Wednesday.The couple were killed at their home on the night of August 31, 1992, in one of Warsaw's affluent suburbs. The premier's body bore evidence of torture while his wife, journalist Alicja Solska, was shot at point-blank range.
The three suspects belonged to a burglary gang targeting the homes of wealthy residents, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro told a press conference.
While two have already admitted to the killings, the third man and alleged mastermind refused to testify, Ziobro added.
New evidence emerged when one of the suspects revealed his involvement in the couple's murder while he was being questioned in a separate kidnapping case, the minister said.
The public prosecutor's office in Cracow said the killings had presumably happened during a burglary, but did not rule out other motives.
Four men put on trial over the killings in 1996 were acquitted two years later for lack of evidence.
At the time, the Polish press speculated on whether Jaroszewicz was killed for political reasons, as the former premier had said he intended to publish his memoirs.
Jaroszewicz, who was trained as a general in the former Soviet Union and later became the leader of the Polish Communist party, was the country's prime minister from 1970 to 1980.