Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik did not receive parliamentary salaries in the current term – tvn24.pl informed the Sejm Information Center (CIS). It added that former MPs will not receive a parliamentary allowance or a lump sum to cover the costs of operating MPs’ offices.
On December 20, 2023, a final judgment was passed against Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik, sentencing them to two years of imprisonment. As a result, both of them lost their parliamentary seats. December 21, Marshal Szymon Hołownia signed the termination provisions their mandates.
The issue of Kamiński and Wąsik’s salary and allowance
The business editorial team of tvn24.pl asked the Chancellery of the Sejm whether Kamiński and Wąsik received full remuneration and allowances for December 2023, and if incomplete – then in what part and what the issue of payments for January 2024 looks like in their case – whether they will receive them and is it in full amount?
“Messrs Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik did not apply for the granting/payment of parliamentary emoluments during the current term of the Sejm, and therefore they did not receive this benefit,” wrote the Sejm Information Center.
It also said that “Ms. M. Kamiński and M. Wąsik are currently former MPs and therefore they will not receive a parliamentary allowance or a lump sum to cover the costs of operating MPs’ offices in February 2024 and subsequent months.”
How much does an MP earn?
The parliamentary salary is PLN 12,826.64 gross. The MP’s remuneration also includes a parliamentary allowance of PLN 4,008.33 gross. In total, this amounts to PLN 16,834.97 per month.
Post-audit statement of the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) from June 2023, obtained by “Rzeczpospolita”, showed that MPs earn almost 19 percent more than officially reported.
Arrest of Kamiński and Wąsik
Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik, former MPs of Law and Justice, were detained on January 9 in the Presidential Palace. They were taken to the police headquarters and then to the remand center in Warsaw’s Grochów district. Then they were sent to two different prisons in the Masovian Voivodeship.
Arrest PiS MPs it outraged the politicians of their party and their supporters. They believe that the law was broken many times in this case, because the MPs were to be effectively pardoned by the president Andrzej Duda in 2015.
On Thursday, the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, announced that he had decided to initiate pardon proceedings against Kamiński and Wąsik and that he was requesting the Prosecutor General to suspend the execution of the sentence and release both PiS politicians from prison for the duration of the proceedings.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General Adam Bodnar confirmed that he received a letter regarding this matter on Friday morning and initiated proceedings.
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