For the first time, any people will be questioned about not only political circumstances, but also circumstances that should have been explained by the prosecutor’s office many times in advance – noted prosecutor Ewa Wrzosek on TVN24, who commented on the work of the investigative commission examining the activities undertaken in the case of envelope elections.
On December 22, 2023, the Sejm investigative commission to investigate elections envelopes from 2020 decided to call as witnesses, among others: former deputy prime minister Jarosław Gowinformer Speaker of the Sejm Elżbieta Witekformer prime minister Mateusz Morawieckiformer head of the Ministry of State Assets Jacek Sasinformer head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Michał Dworczyk and president of PiS Jarosław Kaczyński.
The commission’s task is primarily to “examine and assess the legality, regularity and purposefulness of the actions taken to prepare and conduct” the 2020 presidential elections in the form of correspondence voting by government administration bodies, in particular the actions taken by members of the Council of Ministers.
“For the first time, any people will be questioned for reasons other than political ones.”
Prosecutor Ewa Wrzosek from the “Lex Super Omnia” Association was asked about the work of the commission on Sunday on TVN24. She informed that she had not yet received a summons to appear before the commission. – I follow media reports and I know that I have to be a witness before this commission – she added.
Wrzosek admitted that she was pleased with the fact that “for the first time, any people will be questioned about not only political circumstances, but also those that should have been explained by the prosecutor’s office many times before.”
– Following the notification of the Supreme Audit Office, a number of proceedings were carried out regarding the organization of envelope elections, (there were) notifications from private persons and politicians. So far, none of the proceedings and notifications have gone further than some analysis of some documents, Wrzosek pointed out.
She noted that “no one has been questioned so far and no experts have been appointed.” – So this will also be an additional opportunity for the prosecutor’s office to use all the circumstances that will be revealed by the commission for investigations that were either discontinued or where a decision was made not to initiate proceedings – she said.
When asked who she would call for questioning, Wrzosek replied that “after these few years, we know that President Jarosław Kaczyński took the main responsibility for ordering envelope elections in 2020.”
– In one of the interviews he stated that it was his initiative and on his orders these actions were taken, but this person should definitely be interrogated – said the prosecutor.
In May 2021, Kaczyński, commenting on the issue of envelope elections for the weekly “Sieci”, admitted that it was his “personal decision to try to use the Bavarian and Canadian experience in organizing such votes.”
The prosecutor added that in her opinion, former head of government Mateusz Morawiecki should be interrogated, who – as the prosecutor said – “ordered these elections in a way that we already know today was without legal basis and in violation of the law.”
She further mentioned that the committee members included Mariusz Krystian, an MP from the PiS club, former mayor of the Spytkowice commune, who was one of the local government officials who provided voters’ data to Poczta Polska. She recalled that “a person cannot be a member of the investigative commission if there are circumstances that raise justified doubts as to his or her impartiality in a given case.”
– In my opinion, it is obvious that the MP will be biased in these proceedings, especially since on December 1, 2022, the Sejm of the previous term passed an act on discontinuing the prosecution of certain acts related to the organization of envelope elections. Pursuant to this Act, it was decided not to initiate or to discontinue proceedings against local government officials who transferred their voters’ data to Poczta Polska in violation of the provisions on the protection of personal data (they were pending – ed.) – said Wrzosek.
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