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Justice Fund scandal. Should the thieves be brought to justice? They will not be happy with the survey results

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The Justice Fund is facing major legal changes. Paragraph 11, known from Tomasz Mraz's tapes, is to disappear, and with it the minister's unlimited possibilities to dispose of the Fund's resources. The vast majority of Poles believe that politicians responsible for using funds from the Justice Fund for party purposes should be held criminally liable. This is confirmed by the latest survey for “Fakty” TVN and TVN24, in which 75 percent of respondents said so.

In the “Women's Choice” program on TVN24 GO, Deputy Minister of Justice Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz announced that the Justice Fund will face serious legal changes. – We want to delete paragraph 11. We want to eliminate the freedom of action of the administrator of the Justice Fund altogether, she announced in the program. This is an additional thing, independent of the accountability of United Right politicians who misused funds from the Justice Fund.

This is the provision of Zbigniew Ziobro's regulation of September 13, 2017, in which he granted himself unlimited possibilities to decide on the spending of funds from the Fund. Therefore, Sovereign Poland and PiS politicians can claim that, in their opinion, no law was broken.

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One rule does not necessarily make a case legal

As Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, senator of the Civic Coalition, pointed out, laws are more important than ministerial regulations. Meanwhile, in accordance with the Act on public benefit activities and volunteering of April 24, 2003, the Council of Ministers may, by way of a regulation, define tasks in a scope other than the Act as belonging to the sphere of public tasks.

– All funds were distributed in accordance with the act, regulation and order of the minister, in the legal system that operated – assured Tobiasz Bocheński, candidate of Law and Justice in the European Parliament elections, in the “Kropka nad i” program on TVN24. Robert Biedroń, the Left's candidate for the European Parliament, reacted this way: there are certain limits to fucking stupid.

At the same time, United Right politicians argue that if something raises doubts, the funds went to a “noble cause” and emphasize that firefighters, among others, received support. However, they do not see the connection between the amounts, time and place of spending funds from the Fund and the boundaries of the electoral districts of Sovereign Poland politicians. They do not mention what it was like to support firefighters during the election campaign.

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The transfer of funds to foundations and associations – often directly related to the politicians of Sovereign Poland – was no longer solemn. On the contrary – the recordings revealed by Tomasz Mraz, former director of the department responsible for the Fund, show that a lot of effort was devoted to covering them up. We are talking about tens, if not hundreds of millions of zlotys distributed in this way. Led by the Profeto Foundation, whose head, Father Michał O., has already faced additional charges while in custody. – This time the charges are related to money laundering – said Przemysław Nowak, spokesman for the National Prosecutor's Office.

Ziobro's statements from 2018 and 2024 about the Justice FundTVN24

Question about criminal liability of politicians

The Deputy Minister of Justice announced that the Justice Fund will also return to its two original tasks – helping victims of crime and post-penitentiary assistance. – Because counteracting crime (as a task of the Justice Fund – editor's note) was introduced in 2017 and has become such a bottomless bag. Everything was stuffed there, said Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz.

According to a survey by Opinia24 for “Fakty TVN” and TVN24, 75 percent of respondents believe that politicians responsible for using funds from the Justice Fund for party purposes should be held criminally liable. 16 percent of respondents were of the opposite opinion. 9 percent of respondents chose the answer “I don't know/it's hard to say.”

Opinia24 research results for "Facts" TVN and TVN24

Justice Fund scandal. Question about criminal liabilityOpinia24 research results for “Fakty” TVN and TVN24Opinia24/Fakty po Południu TVN24

The study was conducted by Opinia24 using CATI telephone interviews on a representative sample of 1,000 Polish residents aged 18 and over, on June 4-5, 2024.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk also wants to hold his predecessors accountable, but adds that he will not use his position to put pressure on prosecutors and the proceedings they conduct.

– The fact that there are no spectacular actions at the moment, the fact that Minister Ziobro is not standing before you right now and not telling you who he is about to put in prison, the fact that there are not all those in prison on the basis of extractive arrest who happen to be under the government's control doesn't like it, I consider it one of the most important things – emphasized Donald Tusk on Wednesday at a press conference.

SEE ALSO: We asked Poles if they wanted the United Right government to be held to account. The results are clear

Main photo source: Adam Chelstowski / Forum

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