A letter from former Chief Police Commander Jarosław Szymczyk to the Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General Adam Bodnar with an appeal for the release of Mariusz Kamiński was published on Sunday by the Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners, recently established by associates of Kamiński and Wąsik. He refers to the president’s decision to pardon the former head of the CBA and his health condition, as well as – as he claims – his “undisputed exemplary service to Poland.”
On December 20 last year, the District Court in Warsaw legally sentenced PiS politicians Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik to two years’ imprisonment for abuse of power in connection with the so-called the land scandal of 2007. Two weeks ago, the police detained both politicians, who were sent to prisons.
On January 11, the President announced the initiation of pardon proceedings against Kamiński and Wąsik based on the Code of Criminal Procedure at the request of their wives. He also asked the prosecutor general (and the minister of justice) Adam Bodnarto suspend the execution of the sentence and release them from custody for the duration of the pardon proceedings.
– At this moment, the keys to the release of political prisoners Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik has the Minister of Justice, the Attorney General – Błażej Poboży, advisor to President Andrzej Duda, said on Sunday in an interview with TVN24. He added that “regardless of the duration of the pardon procedure, there is nothing to prevent it and this is what we are calling for, this is what we are appealing for, this is what the (former – ed.) Commander-in-Chief of Police is also calling for in today’s letter, which was published to Minister Bodnar, you can now decide to release Wąsik and Kamiński from custody.
Letter from the former Chief of Police
It is a letter from Gen. Insp. retired Jarosław Szymczyk, former police chief, addressed to the Minister of Justice, Adam Bodnar, with an appeal for the release of Mariusz Kamiński. The document was published on social media on Sunday by the Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners association, recently established by Kamiński and Wąsik’s associates.
“I would like to address these words to the Minister, remembering the cooperation between the offices of the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chief Police Commander, which we had the honor to hold in recent years. I am writing to you hoping for your reflection, especially in the context of the words that were so I have often heard from you and read in your correspondence addressed to me. Words that always express great concern for other people,” writes Szymczyk.
“Today I am writing to you out of concern for a man who, according to media reports, is in a very difficult situation that poses a very real threat to his health and even life. I am writing to you out of concern for a man with whom I had the great honor of working for the last nearly five years – Mr. Mariusz Kamiński, former Minister of Interior and Administration and Coordinator of Special Services,” we read in the letter.
Szymczyk writes that for the last five years he had the opportunity to cooperate with Mariusz Kamiński. “Cooperation and observation of a man who served Poland and Poles with great commitment, dedication and devotion, who took on his shoulders the management of Poland’s internal affairs in the very difficult years marked by the pandemic, the attack on the Polish border by the Belarusian regime controlled from Moscow, and providing aid to millions of those fleeing against the aggression of Russian troops to the citizens of Ukraine,” says the former commander.
As he adds, “the enormity of these tasks was a great challenge, and yet Minister Mariusz Kamiński never forgot about the uniformed formations he supervised and on which the main burden of carrying out tasks aimed at ensuring the safety of our citizens rests.” “It is thanks to his great commitment that the Police, which I had the honor to head for the last 7 years has been covered by another modernization program,” he notes.
Szymczyk also writes that Kamiński “never forgot about those who, risking their own lives, saved the lives of others, establishing a medal named after our hero, the late Deputy Commissioner Andrzej Struj.” “Guided by concern for those who lost their loved ones serving for for the safety of all of us, the Minister prepared and introduced solutions ensuring decent benefits for children, parents and spouses of officers who died in the line of duty. He did not even forget about animals serving in the formations subordinated to him when preparing legal solutions ensuring pensions for pets for the rest of their lives,” we read.
“I could endlessly multiply examples of the enormous support that the Minister provided to officers and, in general terms, but also individually to those of my people who found themselves in difficult life situations. All these activities certainly had an impact on the record-high sense of security among our compatriots” – states the author of the letter.
Finally, Szymczyk appeals to Adam Bodnar: “I would like to ask the Minister only to take into account the unquestionable exemplary service to Poland of Mr. Minister Mariusz Kamiński, looking through the prism of the decision to pardon him by the President of the Republic of Poland, but above all through “In light of his health, you would like to reconsider the possibility of exempting Minister Kamiński from serving his sentence in prison until the final decisions in this matter are made.”
What were Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik convicted of?
Both Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik were legally convicted by the Warsaw district court for failure to fulfill their duties and exceeding their powers. This concerns the period from December 14, 2006 to July 5, 2007 and activities related to the so-called land scandal. During this period, Mariusz Kamiński was the head of the Central Anticorruption Bureau, and Maciej Wąsik was his deputy. Two other members of the then management were also sentenced together with them CBA.
As the district court stated, Mariusz Kamiński “exceeded the powers granted to him and failed to fulfill his obligations” in that he “directed the commission of” a prohibited act by the CBA officers subordinated to him “despite the lack of legal grounds.” The judgment says, among other things: about planning, organizing and implementing “the provocation using the CBA officers carrying out his orders” (including Maciej Wąsik – ed.). He states that he “ordered the initiation of land de-agriculture on the basis of forged documents.” To make this credible – as the court states – “he ordered the forging of a number of documents from government and local government administration offices”, which were mentioned in the judgment.
Main photo source: PAP/Leszek Szymański