The Ombudsman’s colleagues went to the prison in Radom, where they talked to Mariusz Kamiński and observed the conditions in which he was detained. After the visit, they described its course in a statement. The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights is also examining the conditions of Maciej Wąsik’s stay in prison.
Ombudsman Marcin Wiącek decided to take up the case Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik ex officio in connection with – as his office informed – “information appearing in the media about Kamiński being placed in poor conditions in a penitentiary unit and about the threat to his life and health due to the hunger protest.”
Collaborators of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Radom. “The conditions of Mariusz Kamiński’s stay in custody are very good”
The statement from the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights stated that for this purpose, on Tuesday, January 16, employees of the Penalty Enforcement Team at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights were at the remand center in Radom to verify these reports. It was specified that during the activities, an interview was held with Kamiński, the director of the detention center, his deputies and the deputy head of the multi-profile department of the detention hospital.
It was added that employees of the Ombudsman’s Office team were also in the hospital room where Kamiński is staying, and the documentation regarding his stay and treatment in custody was reviewed.
“It was established that the conditions of Mariusz Kamiński’s stay in custody are very good. He is still conducting a hunger protest. His health is closely monitored by the health service, and necessary tests are regularly performed. Based on the doctors’ opinion, the director applied to the penitentiary court for consent to compulsory feeding the convict. The court gave such consent,” it was reported.
It was recalled, referring to Article 118 of the Executive Penal Code, that “in the event of the convict’s objection, the penitentiary court will decide on the procedure,” and this decision may be appealed against.
(…) § 3 In the event of the convict’s objection, the penitentiary court decides on the procedure. The court’s decision may be appealed against. (…)
This is not the first such comment by the Ombudsman regarding the Grochów detention center
The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights also informed that on Wednesday, January 17, additional activities were carried out at the remand center in Warsaw-Grochów, during which, among others: transit cells were inspected.
“Mariusz Kamiński’s allegations were verified that the cell in which he was placed in this unit was cold and the conditions there were inhumane. The findings confirmed that the condition of the transit cells is mostly very bad and they require urgent general renovation. People deprived of prisoners staying in transit cells on the day of the visit submitted comments regarding living conditions, including low temperatures in the cells,” it was noted.
It was noted that “the two-person cell in which Mariusz Kamiński was imprisoned is in slightly better condition than the other multi-person cells.” “However, the sanitary corner in this cell has a very small area, which does not allow for the free performance of sanitary and hygienic activities there. It is damaged, as are the sanitary facilities in it,” we read in the statement.
The office recalled that the Ombudsman had already intervened in the matter of living conditions in the remand center in Warsaw-Grochów in November 2022. “In July 2023, the Commissioner for Human Rights again sent a letter to the District Director of the SW, pointing to the problem of poor living conditions,” it added. As added, after the last inspection it was assessed that the actions taken by the Security Service in this regard “must be treated as urgent”, for which the Commissioner for Human Rights will request.
The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights also informed that Wiącek had taken action regarding the conditions of his stay Maciej Wąsik and asked the Director of the prison in Przytuły Stare to inform him about his situation.
Kamiński and Wąsik sentenced
PiS politicians and former heads of the CBA, Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik, sentenced on December 20, 2023 to two years in prison for abuse of power in the land scandal in 2007, were detained by the police last week to serve their sentences.
First, they were held in the Warszawa-Grochów detention center, then they were sent to places where they were serving their sentences – Kamiński to Radom, and Wąsik to Przytuły Stare near Ostrołęka.
Last Thursday, the president Andrzej Duda decided, at the request of Kamiński and Wąsik’s wives, to initiate – based on the Code of Criminal Procedure – pardon proceedings against the convicts. He also turned to the Minister of Justice and the Prosecutor General Adam Bodnarto suspend the execution of the sentence and release them from custody for the duration of the pardon proceedings.
The president argued that his pardon of both politicians made in 2015, when they were illegally convicted by the court of first instance, remains in force.
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