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2012] JUSTICE DELAYED OR JUSTICE DENIED? 3
the Russian government admitted that the executions actually took place in1940 and were carried out by the Soviet secret police.
In 1990, Russianprosecutors launched a criminal investigation into the murder of 22,000Polish officers and prisoners, but the case was classified as an ordinary
crime of “exceeding official authority” and was terminated in 2004 on the
ground of the application of the ten-year statute of limitations.
Records andfindings were classified as top secret,
and it appeared that the tragedy
would once again be subject to “historical amnesia.”
On February 4
5, 2011, in commemoration of the 70
anniversaryof the Katyn massacre, the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center andthe Libra Institute, Inc. hosted a Symposium and Experts Meeting at CaseWestern Reserve University School of Law. This provided an opportunity tobring together leading international experts in jurisprudence, internationalcriminal law, and the Katyn crime, as well as representatives from Polandand Russia in order to debate the law and policy related to Katyn in a neu-tral setting. During four panel-style discussions on the first day, a diversegroup of highly qualified scholars presented and discussed Polish, Russian,and third-party views on the Katyn murders. The second day of the meetingconsisted of a round-table discussion with all the expert participants.
The Cleveland Symposium and Experts’ Meeting was chaired by
Michael P. Scharf, Director of the Cox Center and the John DeaverDrinko
Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law at Case Western ReserveUniversity School of Law. The event kicked off with introductory speechesby Hon. Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative (D, OH-10), and Hon. MarcyKaptur, U.S. Representative (D, OH-9), and video-taped remarks presentedby Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator (D, Ohio). Stephen Rapp, U.S. Ambassa-dor-at-Large for War Crimes Issues presented a Keynote Address.The experts included (in alphabetical order): Wesley Adamczyk,
victims’ representative; Prof. John Q. Barrett, St. John University School of
Law; Prof. Janusz Cisek, Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian
Russia Hands Over New Declassified Files to Poland
(Apr. 7, 2011),http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110407/163420319.html (detailing the Katyn massacre body countand the findings from the Katyn massacre investigation);
Maria Szonert, Letter tothe Editor,
Countries’ Relations Strained, Bath Resident Says
(May 12, 2011),http://www.akron.com/editions/Akron-Ohio-News-2011-May-12/Countries_relations_
strained_Bath_resident_says.asp?aID=12431 (discussing the Russian courts’ classification of the Katyn massacre as “an ordinary domestic crime of ‘exceeding official authority’”).
Działania Stowarzyszenia Memoriał W Związku Ze Sprawą Katyńską
Memorial Association of Katyn
KATYŃSKA W OCZACH WSPÓŁCZESNYCH
ASSACRE IN THE
YES OF THE
Marka Tarczyńskiego ed.,