Poland still refuses to honor constitutional court ruling

Poland's government says it still refuses to publish a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that struck down key legislation that has blocked the work of the court.

Refusing to publish the ruling prevents it from becoming binding. The move has deepened a constitutional crisis in the country and the comment Saturday by government spokesman Rafal Bochenek indicates a resolution is nowhere in sight.

Bochenek spoke a day after the Venice Commission, an international human rights body, said democracy is threatened by moves that have crippled the constitutional court. It said refusing to publish the judgment would be "contrary to the rule of law" and would "further deepen the constitutional crisis."

Bochenek said the commission's opinion would be sent to the parliament so all political sides could seek a resolution.