– This is not the first time that the party ruling Poland tries to use a court case for political purposes and instead of focusing on the perpetrator, it focuses on the victim – said Professor Marcin Matczak from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24. He referred to Marika’s case and the fact that her victim’s details were revealed at the press conference. He also stated that the Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro “wants to show that there are ordinary robbers and there are patriotic robbers.”
During the conference, where Zbigniew Ziobro once again argued that Marika – sentenced to three years in prison for robbery – was treated unfairly by the court, her victim’s details were revealed. Convicted Marika – by the decision of Minister Ziobro – was released from prison and is waiting for a decision on pardon by the president.
On Wednesday, Ziobro announced that he had decided to dismiss the deputy head of the Poznań-Stare Miasto District Prosecutor’s Office. He added that “the responsibility is adequate to the tasks of the prosecutor.” Marika’s case is in the background.
Prof. Matczak: providing the victim’s data is simply dangerous
The case was commented on by Professor Marcin Matczak from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24. He said that the situation in which the victim’s data was disclosed is “scandalous, but unfortunately a bit systemic”. – Because this is not the first time that the party ruling Poland tries to use a court case for political purposes and instead of focusing on the perpetrator, it focuses on the victim – he added.
– We have a situation on the one hand of complete thoughtlessness, but I am already beginning to wonder if this is really thoughtlessness. Because it looks a bit like the main task of the party ruling Poland is to turn the cat’s tail and show – “don’t focus on the perpetrator, focus on the victim, this is a victim” – he continued.
“After all, providing this information could cause this woman to be attacked again.” After all, providing this data causes people to start pointing fingers at her. After all, this is an action that is simply dangerous. And that’s what worries me the most,” added the TVN24 guest.
Prof. Matczak: Ziobro wants to show that there are ordinary robbers and there are patriotic robbers
Matczak also referred to Ziobro’s argument that we are dealing with an “inadequate penal response to reprehensible behavior, worthy of condemnation and requiring punishment, but in an adequate manner.”
– It is a huge hypocrisy, because we are dealing with a man who is behind the tightening of these regulations. And if they hit someone he suddenly wants to defend (…), he wants to show this inequality. He wants to show that there are ordinary robbers and there are patriotic robbers. And those who are patriotic should be punished more mercifully and the court’s mistake was that, unfortunately, it treated them in the same way – commented Professor Matczak.
Marika, 24, was sentenced to three years in prison. She did a year. In mid-July, a Catholic, far-right organization Ordo Iuris launched a social campaign to convince the president Andrzej Duda to pardon the 24-year-old. “Together with three other people, in a gesture of opposition to the promotion of far-left ideologies, she tried to snatch a bag in the colors of the movement from a woman LGBT. She was subsequently charged,” wrote Ordo Iuris.
By the decision of the Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro, the convicted 24-year-old was released. The law allows for a break in punishment during the course of the pardon proceedings.
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