Radio Solidarity returned briefly to the airwaves in Warsaw on January 24 as the trial opened of ten trade unionists, accused of setting up the clandestine radio station.
SV INTERIOR Accused seated in courtroom
SV Judges in military uniform PAN TO accused (2 shots)
SV STILL PHOTOGRAPHS used as evidence
SV PAN Judges, the accused and jury
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Background: Radio Solidarity returned briefly to the airwaves in Warsaw on January 24 as the trial opened of ten trade unionists, accused of setting up the clandestine radio station. In the seven minute broadcast, a male announcer gave details of the hearing, and said that although Solidarity was banned, the radio lives on. Three of the accused, Zbigniew Romaszewski, his wife Irena Zofia, and Danuta Jadczak face prison sentences of up to ten years as chief organisers of the station. Romaszewski looked pale and drawn as he sat next to the two women at the opening of the military trial, together with another six defendants allegedly responsible for technical aspects of the illegal operation. Photographs of equipment were produced and documents shown to the jury included reports said to have been handwritten by the main defendants, who are Science graduates from Warsaw University. Romaszewski was a member of the Institute of Physics at the Polish Academy of Science. His wife, Zofia, also a Physics graduate, was head of a regional Solidarity Bureau before the couple were arrested, mid-1982. Solidarity was banned after Martial Law was introduced in Poland on December 12, 1981.