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A Pole sentenced to life imprisonment in the Congo was released. Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski: he is safe in Europe

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A Pole detained in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and wrongly convicted, Mariusz Majewski, is now safe in Europe, said the head of Polish diplomacy, Radosław Sikorski, on Tuesday. It is about a Polish traveler who was sentenced to life in prison on charges of espionage.

“The Pole detained in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and wrongly convicted, Mr. Mariusz Majewski, is now safe in Europe. This morning we could finally talk,” he wrote on the X platform Radosław Sikorski.

The head of Polish diplomacy also published a telephone conversation with Majewski. – Welcome back from Europe – the Minister of Foreign Affairs told the Pole.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that the Pole had flown to Brussels, where he was staying at the Polish consulate.

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Before a military tribunal

On March 23, Mariusz Majewski appeared before a military tribunal in Congo, where he was charged with sabotage and destruction of installations of the Congolese Armed Forces – Interia reported. According to investigators, the Polish traveler allegedly “approached the front line with Mobondo militiamen; moved along the front line without authorization from the competent authorities and without the company of qualified agents; took photos of sensitive and strategic places; secretly observed military activities.”

On May 23, Majewski, accused of espionage, was sentenced to life imprisonment, which was announced on Friday by Paweł Wroński, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. – Mr. Mariusz Majewski is not a spy, he is a man who belongs to a travelers' club and this is how he pursues his passions. As a result of a coincidence and events, he found himself in the Republic of the Congo, his behavior resulted from ignorance of local customs. We hope that this very harsh and drastic sentence will be changed in subsequent instances, said Wroński.

On the same day, he spoke with the president of Congo Andrzej Duda. – It is the duty of the Polish state to take care of the lives and health of Polish citizens who are in such a dramatic situation – said then presidential minister Wojciech Kolarski. He also assured that there is cooperation between the presidential office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this matter “so that the Pole is released immediately.”

Main photo source: Reuters Archive

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