The court in Lublin agreed with the prosecutor’s complaint and agreed to arrest two suspects in the investigation of an organized criminal group fraudulently VAT. The third suspect in this case is Łukasz S., brother of the Chief of Police Jarosław Szymczyk. The judgment is not final.
On Wednesday, the District Court in Lublin considered the prosecutor’s complaint about the lack of arrest for 52-year-old Arkadiusz K. and 56-year-old Grzegorz K., who are suspected in the investigation of an organized criminal group extorting VAT. The meeting was classified.
The spokesman for the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin, Andrzej Jeżyński, informed PAP about the court’s decision. “The court accepted the prosecutor’s complaints and imposed a three-month arrest on both suspects. The judgment is not final,” he said.
Brother of the Chief of Police with allegations
The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin is conducting an investigation into an organized criminal group swindling VAT. In November last year, at the request of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin, officers CBSP detained three people, including Łukasz S., brother of the chief of police. The prosecutor charged them and filed a motion for arrest against them. The District Court did not grant the prosecution’s motions for the pre-trial detention of all three suspects.
“As for the two suspects, the court stated that there is no fear that the suspects would obstruct the proceedings while at large, and as for the third suspect (Łukasz S. – ed.) he indicated the premise specified in Article 259 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, arguing that taking taking into account the oncological disease of the person closest to the suspect (i.e. his wife – ed.), his arrest would have extremely severe consequences for him and this person” – the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin said in a Monday message.
“Taking into account the court’s arguments regarding the illness of the person closest to the suspect, for which the defense lawyers presented the documentation only during the hearing on the examination of the application for pre-trial detention, the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin, guided by the principles of humanitarianism, withdrew from filing a complaint about the lack of arrest against this suspect “- emphasized the prosecutor’s office, referring to the thread of the brother of the Chief of Police Łukasz S.
At the same time, the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin stated that all charges presented to the suspects detained on November 21, 2022 are valid, and the prosecutor’s office is taking steps to end the proceedings by submitting an indictment.
“GW”: the prosecutor was influenced not to appeal against the court’s decision
The case in question concerns the brother of the Chief Police Commander, Jarosław Szymczyk, who – as established by “Gazeta Wyborcza” – heard five charges. The most serious are participation in an organized crime group, money laundering, falsification of VAT invoices and fraud involving property of significant value. According to the newspaper, the prosecutor in charge of Łukasz S.’s case was influenced not to appeal the court’s decision, which did not agree to a three-month detention.
MIA referring to the publication of “Gazeta Wyborcza”, she stated in her statement that the police in the described case behaved professionally and in accordance with applicable regulations, and Łukasz S. was treated by the police and law enforcement agencies like any other citizen suspected of committing a crime.
The statement indicated that as a result of police activities, evidence against Łukasz S. was obtained, which was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office. “It is also the police who detained the suspects at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office based on the evidence received earlier” – it was reported.
“The prosecutor charged them and applied to the court for arrest. The court did not agree to this request, pointing to the severe oncological disease of the wife of Łukasz S.” – added the Ministry of the Interior.
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