Tough question to Bogdan Klich: Why did you protect communist secret military services' documents?
SCND: December 19, 2015
Bogdan Klich, Poland's Minister of Defense
Bogdan Klich, as Minister of Defense in the Government of Donald Tusk, effectively blocked the transfer of historical military secret services' files from the communist times to the general collection of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). Dr. Janusz Kurtyka, then head of IPN, was determined to include these files in the general collection and make them available to the prosecutors and historians.
Below is a letter written by Antoni Dudek, a former advisor to IPN President Kurtyka who was killed in Smolensk on April 10, 2010. The letter is directed to the former Minister of Defense Bogdan Klich.
On December 17, 2015, Wpolityce.pl published an interview with Piotr Woyciechowski, in which he describes a process of re-inclusion into the IPN top secret collection of some previously declassified materials of the military special services from the communist era.
He stated that Bogdan Klich as defense minister in the Tusk government, even resorting to pressure and psychological aggression, forced late Janusz Kurtyka, then head of the IPN, to change the status of the military special services files in order to make them off limits. This meant that although legally materials have been declassified and excluded from the secret collection, Klich effectively blocked their transfer to the general collection of the IPN. These materials are not available to this day.
As a former adviser to the late President of the Institute of National Remembrance Janusz Kurtyka, Antoni Dudek publicly asks Mr. Klich:
1) Is it true that as a minister supervising the work of the military special services you demanded that the IPN President does not transfer to the general collection any files of the military special services of the communist era that have been previously fully and officially declassified; and if so, what was the reason for your decision?
2) Is it true that in the above mater you exerted pressure on the President of the Institute of National Remembrance, late Janusz Kurtyka, in flagrant violation of Art. 9 Paragraph. 2 of the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance, which states that the President of the Institute "in the exercise of his office is independent of the bodies of state power"?
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