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Adam Bodnar’s deputy recorded him at the National Prosecutor’s Office. “An embarrassing and shameful situation”

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Fierce clash over changes in the prosecutor’s office. The President writes that Adam Bodnar is blatantly violating the law after Dariusz Barski, a person Zbigniew Ziobro trusted, was no longer the National Prosecutor. Prime Minister Donald Tusk responded to the president in a special interview for TVN24, Polsat and TVP and at the same time announced that he was to meet Andrzej Duda on Monday.

Robert Hernand – deputy Prosecutor General – recorded Prosecutor General Adam Bodnar at the National Prosecutor’s Office. – I am informing the minister that your decision is illegal – Hernand said to Bodnar in the recording. – This situation, I think for everyone, was embarrassing and shameful – says Jarosław Onyszczuk from the Association of Prosecutors “Lex Super Omnia”, who witnessed the whole incident.

Michał Ostrowski – Adam Bodnar’s second deputy – also accuses his superior of breaking the law. – Together with the other deputies of the Prosecutor General, we decided to submit a report on the commission of a crime by Adam Bodnar and Jacek Bilewicz and other people working with them – says Michał Ostrowski in the recording posted on the Internet.

Before handing over power, Law and Justice wanted to prevent changes in the prosecutor’s office to possible successors. So that if the election is lost, it would not be possible to dismiss National Prosecutor Dariusz Barski, who is a friend of Zbigniew Ziobro and once got into the Sejm on the PiS list. His new head – the Prosecutor General – cannot, in accordance with the law, change his deputy without the president’s consent. – As if the president of the United States had delegated his powers to the vice president and he had nothing to say. This is obviously unconstitutional – says Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski, former Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General.

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READ ALSO: The Ministry of Justice published legal opinions in the case of prosecutor Dariusz Barski

Adam Bodnar he released a statement on Friday, in which he informed that “the reinstatement of him (Barski – editor’s note) to active service on February 16, 2022 by the previous Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro was made in violation of applicable regulations and did not produce legal effects. The provision of the Act was applied, which was no longer in force.” Additionally, the Minister of Justice also published three legal opinions confirming the legality of this statement.

– The Prosecutor General did it very neatly, effectively and in accordance with the law – says Professor Maciej Gutowski, a lawyer from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, about Bodnar’s actions.

Donald Tusk on the dismissal of Dariusz Barski from the position of National ProsecutorTVN24

Two sides of the dispute

Adam Bodnar concluded that if the National Prosecutor and Zbigniew Ziobro’s colleague was appointed to active service using a provision that was not in force, Dariusz Barski is still retired, so the president’s consent to appoint Jacek Bilewiczna as the acting National Prosecutor is not necessary.

The president thinks otherwise and wrote on the Internet that Adam Bodnar is trying to remove Dariusz Barski from the position of National Prosecutor, “for which he has no independent competences.”

– I want us to recognize that if someone says about himself that he is still the National Prosecutor, despite the decisions of the Prosecutor General, it is not the case that he still is. No, he is not – says Donald Tusk about the whole situation. – I would rather look for this common space with the president, but I will not forget that it is the president who is the cause of this constitutional, political and judicial confusion. 2015, 2016, 2017 are joint decisions of Mr. Kaczyński and President Duda – adds the head of government.

READ ALSO: The Deputy Prosecutors General issued a statement. They write about the “unlawful actions” of Bodnar and Tusk

On Monday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk is scheduled to meet President Andrzej Duda.

Main photo source: X/dorzeczy.pl

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