The Supreme Court says decisions should be made individually, based on people’s record under communism.
Critics say the ruling is illustrative of wider failings in how rape is defined and dealt with in Poland’s justice system.
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Polish president Andrzej Duda was re-elected for another five-year term on Sunday.
Die Welt’s Warsaw correspondent has “received thousands of threatening messages” as a result.
With results reported from 99.97% of districts, Duda has an unassailable lead.
Given the narrow margin, nothing will be confirmed until official results are released.
The opposition candidate does not “have a Polish heart and soul”, says the ruling party chairman.
The scheme has attracted only 167 of the expected 2,000 applications.
A 60km stretch of the Barycz River running close to nature reserves has been contaminated.
The public broadcaster continues to be used to support President Duda’s re-election bid.
President proposes new “coalition of Polish interests” from centre-right to far right after election
Andrzej Duda wants groups from centre-right to far right to meet for talks after Sunday’s election.
A binding ruling is issued in a long-running court case.
Opposition-controlled Warsaw and the government have been blaming one another.
The two rivals discussed EU relations, the budget and obligatory vaccinations at two separate events.