Deputy Prosecutor General Robert Hernand issued an order that may prevent the acting National Prosecutor Jacek Bilewicz from entering the building and assuming his duties. Hernand, a trusted man of Zbigniew Ziobro, does not agree with the decisions about changes in the management of the National Prosecutor’s Office.
Jacek Bilewicz is to start working as the acting National Prosecutor on Monday. Robert Hernand, deputy attorney general, issued an order Friday evening that could make that impossible. We read in it that only persons who have a permanent identification card may enter the premises of the National Prosecutor’s Office without the consent of the Deputy Prosecutor General.
Everyone else needs written permission from Deputy Attorney General Hernando to enter the area. This will apply to Bilewicz, who was appointed to the National Prosecutor’s Office on Friday.
– This order was issued when you were replacing the national prosecutor. According to the law, (…) in the event of his absence or even temporary inability to perform duties, this competence is transferred by law to the remaining deputies – said Hernand on Saturday evening on TV Republika.
He said he feared “work destabilization.” – The prosecutor’s office must operate efficiently and reliably. There must be clear leadership, and prosecutors must act on the basis and within the limits of the law, he said.
Dispute over the management of the prosecutor’s office
Prime Minister on Friday Donald Tusk entrusted the duties of the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the National Prosecutor to prosecutor Jacek Bilewicz.
Bilewicz, as acting, replaced prosecutor Dariusz Barski as the National Prosecutor. Ministry of Justice announced that as of Friday, Dariusz Barski “remains retired, which makes him unable to perform the function of the National Prosecutor.”
Deputy Prosecutor General Adam Bodnar declared that “entrusting prosecutor Jacek Bilewicz with the function of acting National Prosecutor without unlawfully omitting the procedure of the Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office is ineffective” and “such a function was not provided for in the Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office.”
The second deputy of the Prosecutor General, Michał Ostrowski, announced on Saturday that he would submit a report of a crime committed by the head of the Ministry of Justice, Adam Bodnar, prosecutor Jacek Bilewicz and other people working with them in connection with the attempt to dismiss the national prosecutor Dariusz Barski.
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