Poland tightening rules before martial law ends

A bill that is to come before the Polish parliament this week will eliminate many of the freedoms introduced before martial law was imposed, parliamentary sources said.

The bill, officially called ''Special Regulations during the Period of Overcoming the Social and Economic Crisis and on Changes in Some Laws,'' was approved by a joint sitting of three parliamentary committees, but details have not been released. The bill contains measures including three years in prison for membership of a banned organization like the trade union Solidarity. The bill is due to be passed by Parliament Thursday. Afterward, the assembly will hear from head of state Henryk Jablonski that martial law is to end the following day, sources said.

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