Authorities have arrested two retired Interior Ministry generals and charged them with masterminding the 1984 murder of popular pro-Solidarity priest Jerzy Popieluszko.

Prosecutors on Monday also announced the arrests of a former interior minister and six others on corruption charges.The arrests represent the first efforts by the Solidarity-led government to prosecute former Communist officials for abuses committed during four decades of authoritarian rule.

When Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki became the East bloc's first non-Communist government leader last year, he said there would be no "witch hunts" or settling of scores with former Communist officials.

Poland's general prosecutor, Aleksander Herzog, named the two men arrested in Popieluszko's death as former Deputy Interior Minister Wladyslaw Ciaston and Zenon Platek, former head of the ministry department that had monitored the Roman Catholic church.