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NCBR scandal. Investigation. Adam Bielan: I have a clear conscience

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I have never been to the headquarters of the National Center for Research and Development. There was no consultation with me about everything that was happening at NCBR – said PiS MEP Adam Bielan in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24, referring to the irregularities in this institution.

The prosecutor's office initiated investigation into suspected crimes by MEP Adam Bielan and former Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Grzegorz Puda. The proceedings conducted at the request of the Supreme Audit Office concern irregularities in the National Center for Research and Development, RMF FM reported on Thursday.

National prosecutor Dariusz Korneluk said in “Tak jest” on TVN24 that he “cannot confirm that it is being conducted against the persons mentioned (Bielan and Puda – ed.), while in the NCBR case a decision has been made that such an investigation will be ongoing.” He said that proceedings in this regard will be concentrated with one regional prosecutor. He added that the prosecutor “does not rule out appointing a team, because this will be another big, huge case.”

Adam Bielan, referring to the case on Friday in “Fakty po Faktach”, said that “there was no consultation with me about everything that was happening at NCBR.”

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He added that he had “never been” to the headquarters of this institution. – I am proud of my role, and above all the role of Paweł Kuch (former head of NCBR-ed.) in blocking the outflow of funds to suspicious companies – he said. – None of these companies were associated with me or the Republican Party – he added. Bielan said that “not a single penny was lost.”

– I have an absolutely clear conscience – he argued.

Bielany: I have a clear conscienceTVN24

Bielan: The Supreme Audit Office's conclusion is a typical political stunt

– The prosecutor's office is conducting proceedings in the “Szybka Ścieżka” case (“Szybka Ścieżka – Digital Innovations” competition – ed.), there are probably a number of proceedings regarding NCBR, different years, and in this case there were also arrests, even a few weeks ago, but in this case The prosecutor's office has been conducting an investigation for almost a year. On February 8, 2023, the former director of the National Center for Research and Development, Dr. Paweł Kuch, reported the possibility of committing a crime. I was interviewed as a witness during this investigation, said the MEP.

He added that he “answered all the prosecutor's questions.” – I have nothing to hide about this. I provided all the documents I was asked for, he said.

Bielan said that “the Supreme Audit Office's conclusion is a typical political stunt.” – NIK is an institution unfortunately compromised by the Banaś clan – he said.

Bielan: I have not attended any meeting of either the small or large NCBR management board

Bielan was asked whether he had confidence in Jacek Żalek, who, as the then deputy minister of funds and regional policy, supervised the NCBR. – At the end (of his term in office), I had absolutely no confidence in him. We were very conflicted, he said.

In response to the fact that Jacek Żalek claims that it was Bielan who placed his people in NCBR and around it and was informally behind what happened, the MEP said: – The facts are that we quarreled, we argued very strongly about the “Fast Track” , primarily about the largest project within the “Fast Track”, popularly known as Kable.

– This is the Chime company in Białystok. Its owner is a very close friend of Jacek Żalek. I think it is at least unethical for an institution controlled by Jacek Żalek to grant such funds – he said.

– Due to the fact that the officials made such a decision contrary to the regulations, in my opinion illegal, the director of the National Center for Research and Development, Dr. Kuch, referred the case to the prosecutor's office and dismissed the official responsible for it with disciplinary action – he added.

Bielan was also asked about Żalek's words that there was a small NCBR board and a large board, and Bielan participated in meetings in this institution. – I have never been to the National Center for Research and Development. I have never been to the headquarters (…) I have not been to any meeting of either the small or large management board. I did not supervise this institution, he argued.

– Mr. Jacek Żalek supervised this institution from beginning to end – he added.

READ: Jacek Żalek about Adam Bielan's lies, a column in NCBiR and an organized criminal group



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