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Detention and charges against soldiers on the border with Belarus. What didn't Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz know?

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– There is no such obligation or custom – said the head of the Ministry of National Defense, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, in “Kropka nad i” when asked why he did not provide the president with information about the case regarding the detention and charges against Polish soldiers from the Belarusian border. He admitted that he knew that “an incident had occurred and the use of weapons would be analyzed.” And what didn't the minister know? – About detention and the use of direct coercive measures in the form of handcuffs – he noted.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz spoke in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 about the detention and bringing charges against soldiers who used weapons during an intervention at the border at the turn of March and April.

The minister was asked whether he thought he should have informed the president that the soldiers had been detained.

In response, he stated that “here, the Commander-in-Chief of the Military Police is not obliged to inform about arrests in any of the cases.” – These are also ongoing proceedings and investigations. Yesterday I presented explanations at the National Security Council. Today I also spoke extensively about them at the press conference, he noted.

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In this situation, asked by Monika Olejnik whether the president already knew that he did not have to be informed, Kosiniak-Kamysz replied: – Yes, I said that. There is no such obligation or custom. I will now introduce slightly different regulations regarding even broader information.

What Kosiniak-Kamysz did not know about

Kosiniak-Kamysz also talked about what he knew in this case. – I knew that there had been an incident where the use of weapons would be analyzed. Whether it was correct or not, he said.

– What didn't you know? About handcuffs? – the host of the program asked.

– Yes, about detention and the use of direct coercive measures in the form of handcuffs – he replied. He recalled that according to the report on the activities of the gendarmerie that he received, “direct coercive measures in the form of handcuffs were used 570 times from 2021 to the end of May 2024.” – The decision on what coercive measure is used is made by the intervention group that makes the arrest, i.e. the gendarmerie. But it's not even the gendarmerie commander, but those on the spot who assess the situation, he explained.

“In the triple jump, two jumps were successful, one was unsuccessful. We need to draw conclusions”

The leader of the People's Party also talked about the result of the Third Way – of which he is a co-leader – in the European Parliament elections. KO won (37.06 percent support), PiS came second (36.16 percent), and Konfederacja came third (12.08 percent). Trzecia Droga won 6.91 percent, and the Left – 6.3 percent support. Third Way's result in the October parliamentary elections was more than twice as good – it amounted to 14.4 percent.

Kosiniak-Kamysz admitted in “Kropka nad i” that the result on June 9 “is below our expectations.” – But what is important for PSL and for the Platform (Civic Platform – ed.)? Together we are in the European People's Party. Despite the modest result, our total of 23 seats is 6 seats higher than in 2019 for the European People's Party from Poland, he said.

He emphasized that “the European People's Party is the strongest faction and has become stronger.”

When asked whether the Third Way project had not been exhausted, the TVN24 guest referred to the recent parliamentary and local elections and assessed that “in the triple jump, two jumps were successful, one was unsuccessful.” – We need to draw conclusions from this – he added.


Kosiniak-Kamysz: In the triple jump, two jumps were successful, one was unsuccessful. Conclusions must be drawnTVN24

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