|Leader of Solidarność|
Lech Wałęsa Poland's former
Solidarity union leader and first president of the Third Republic will publicly defend himself against
allegations that he was in league with the Soviet era communist police.
Weglinski, a spokesman for the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) , said the debate which was
requested by Wałęsa himself will be held on March 16 in Gdańsk.
request of Wałęsa, the institute invited the Nobel Peace laureate's main
critics: historians Slawomir Cenckiewicz and Piotr Gontarczyk, as well
as far-right filmmaker Grzegorz Braun, who has sought out former Polish
secret police (SB) agents.
Weglinski said the invitees have yet to confirm their participation.
IPN, which is in charge of investigating Nazi and communist-era crimes,
has also previously accused Wałęsa of SB involvement.
Wałęsa told the institute that he has been steadily smeared in the media for
his alleged collaboration with the secret police and wants to clear his