If I said that it was a logical sequence for me, I would probably be exaggerating – said Szymon Hołownia, Marshal of the Sejm, in “One on One”, referring to the president’s initiation of pardon proceedings against Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik. At the same time, he admitted that this decision was “a step in the right direction”. – The president recognized the judgment of the district court and the fact that both of them no longer hold parliamentary mandates – he added.
President Andrzej Duda announced on Thursday that initiates pardon proceedings towards convicts Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik. He also turned to the prosecutor general and the minister of justice Adam Bodnarto release Kamiński and Wąsik from prison for the duration of the pardon proceedings.
The Marshal of the Sejm referred to this matter in “One on One”. Szymon Hołownia. – If I said that it follows a logical sequence, I would probably be exaggerating – he said. At the same time, he stated that it was “a good de-escalation decision to finally recognize, because Mr. President did it yesterday, that there is a conviction of the district court, that the pardon was ineffective and to start the pardon procedure once again against Messrs. Kamiński and Wąsik.”
– The only problem is that, as we already know after yesterday’s numerous consultations with criminal law experts, the president did not apply the presidential pardon under Article 139, which could have even ended with the gentlemen being released from prison yesterday, and that was within his competence, but he decided on the path from the Code of Criminal Procedure, which is long and can last up to half a year – he emphasized.
– So I see this decision as a step in the right direction, but just as I didn’t understand the president’s behavior or logic earlier and we talked about it directly with him, now I also don’t understand the tool he used, I don’t know why he hasn’t decided, Hołownia pointed out. – From my perspective as the Speaker of the Sejm, one thing is clear. The president accepted the judgment of the district court because he pardoned him or the punishment that the judgment brought on the gentlemen, so he also recognized the fact that both of them no longer hold parliamentary mandates – added Hołownia.
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