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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs announces letter to National Prosecutor's Office regarding Mateusz Morawiecki

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I will send an appropriate letter to the National Prosecutor's Office today or tomorrow. An investigation and a motion to lift immunity should be initiated – announced Andrzej Szejna, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in “Tak jest”. This concerns the ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court from June stating that the decision of former Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki regarding the preparation of postal elections grossly violated the law.

According to “Gazeta Wyborcza”, the former prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki he pressured Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to refuse to receive the new Polish ambassador in Rome, Ryszard Schnepf. In Thursday's “Kropka nad i”, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorski confirmed that, to his knowledge, the “GW” reports are true.

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The matter was commented on by the guests of “Tak jest” on TVN24 – deputy head of diplomacy Andrzej Szejna (Left) and Karol Karski (PIS).

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Szejna to Morawiecki: you better look for a lawyer

Andrzej Szejna assessed that “this is an action to the detriment of Poland for two reasons”. – Firstly, Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf is a diplomat of the highest calibre and has proven himself in many posts. The Polish government reported him, he went through all the procedures. Secondly, Prime Minister Morawiecki today has no competences or the right to discredit anyone outside of Poland and, above all, to act to the detriment of Polish diplomacy and against the head of Polish diplomacy – he said.

– I advise Prime Minister Morawiecki: Mr. Prime Minister, you would rather look for a lawyer and take care of yourself and your own affairs, because considering the ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court, which stated that elections envelopes that you ordered were a flagrant violation of the law, you will soon go to prison – he continued.

The Supreme Administrative Court dismissed the cassation appeals on June 28 former head of government and the Polish Post. This means that the judgment finding that the decision of former Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki regarding the preparation of postal elections grossly violated the law has become final.

– The NSA ruling states, no more and no less, that Prime Minister Morawiecki violated the provisions of Article 231 (of the Penal Code – ed.), exceeded his competences, and is punishable by many years of imprisonment. (…) I will send an appropriate letter to the National Prosecutor's Office today or tomorrow. An investigation should be initiated and a motion to lift the immunity should be filed – he stated.

Art. 231 § 1. A public official who, exceeding his powers or failing to perform his duties, acts to the detriment of public or private interest, shall be subject to the penalty of deprivation of liberty for up to 3 years. § 2. If the perpetrator commits the act specified in § 1 in order to gain a material or personal benefit, he shall be subject to the penalty of deprivation of liberty for a term of between one and 10 years. § 3. If the perpetrator of the act specified in § 1 acts unintentionally and causes significant damage, he shall be subject to a fine, the penalty of restriction of liberty or deprivation of liberty for up to 2 years. § 4. The provisions of § 2 shall not apply if the act meets the characteristics of a prohibited act specified in Art. 228.

Karski: the criminal court has expressed its opinion on the matter

Karol Karski (PiS) pointed out that “a judgment in an administrative or civil case does not prejudge the judgment in a criminal case”. – It is the other way around. This judgment in a criminal case prejudges everything. The finding by an administrative court of this type of invalidity of a certain act of the prime minister does not prejudge criminal liability – he added.

– A ruling was also made in the criminal procedure in this case. Of course, Prime Minister Morawiecki was not the accused, but the criminal court considered the justification for the prosecutor's office to discontinue the proceedings in this case or not to initiate criminal proceedings in this case. And the criminal court found that there was no violation of the law and no crime was committed, because the actions were taken in a state of, one might say, higher necessity. It was about the threat of an epidemic – he continued.

– The criminal court has already ruled on this matter. It found that there was no crime – he repeated.

Karol Karski and Andrzej Szejna in “That's How It Is” TVN24

Karski also commented on reports of alleged pressure from Morawiecki on Giorgia Meloni. “I highly value Minister Sikorski, but his word does not have a decisive value, let's put it that way. Maybe someone misled him. However, it is like this, each of us has the right to express our opinion about another person,” he stated.

– I think that Ambassador Schnepf will be a good Polish ambassador in Italywhile other people have the right to have different views. Prime Minister Morawiecki and Prime Minister Meloni know each other personally. They talk, just as I would talk to the minister about our various mutual friends or to the editor – he added.

Main image source: TVN24



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