The Supreme Audit Office sent another notification to the prosecutor’s office “about suspected crime by public officials of the Ministry of Health”. According to the Supreme Audit Office, it is about the purchase of respirators.
“In connection with the ongoing inspection, the Supreme Audit Office has submitted another justified notification of suspected crime committed by public officials of the Ministry of Health” – she said on Tuesday morning on Twitter Supreme Chamber of Control. She added that “it concerns the purchase of respirators and was submitted to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw”.
Notifications of the Supreme Audit Office to the prosecutor’s office
In April, the press department of the Supreme Audit Office reported that “in connection with the inspection regarding the purchase of respirators in 2020, NIK sent two notifications to the prosecutor’s office on reasonable suspicion of committing a crime by high state officials. “One of them was added Janusz Cieszyńskiformer deputy minister of health, and currently a minister in the office of the prime minister and government plenipotentiary for cybersecurity.
At that time, “Gazeta Wyborcza” determined that the NIK notification did not concern the high-profile purchase of 1241 respirators from E&K, represented by a former arms dealer, but Chinese JIXI-H-100A devices purchased by the Ministry of Health at the beginning of the epidemic from the state-owned KGHM corporation. According to “GW”, 30 respirators for PLN 3.5 million were not fit for use.
Cieszyński then commented in an interview with TVN24 BIS that the president of the NIK Marian Banaś “he has his reasons to take revenge on the government.” In his opinion, “NIK approached the case unfairly.”
The prosecution has “unconfirmed information” about the death of a respirator dealer
Tvn24.pl determined that the prosecutor’s office has unconfirmed information that Andrzej I is dead., owner of a small arms trading company that was commissioned by the government during the pandemic COVID-19 supply respirators. According to unofficial information from tvn24.pl, this “unconfirmed information” is a death certificate issued in the capital of Albania – Tirana. However, the body has not yet been transported to Poland.
At the end of 2020, the man quietly left the country, although he delivered only 200 of the 1,200 ordered devices. The Ministry of Health lost about PLN 50 million on business with him.
Members of the Civic Coalition Michał Szczerba and Dariusz Joński discovered that almost none of the devices went to hospitals to help patients breathe the next waves of the pandemic.
Respirators, incl. they did not have valid inspections and guarantees, and many were simply incomplete. Moreover, according to the reports of the Supreme Audit Office, health ministry he overpaid for respirators at least twice. Inspectors found that at the same time the devices were available cheaper from legal representatives of manufacturers.
Main photo source: Leszek Szymański / PAP