This is an announcement of a pardon and it is very good news, because at least it extinguishes part of the conflict that has been animating our hearts, minds and languages in recent days – said Professor Ewa Łętowska, retired judge of the Constitutional Tribunal and the first Ombudsman, in “Fakty po Faktach”. She referred to the president’s initiation of pardon proceedings against Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik. She emphasized that “we will now witness a certain procedure” and “at the end there will be a pardon.”
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. – There is a possibility, provided for in Article 568 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, for the Prosecutor General to suspend the execution of the sentence, and for the Prosecutor General, in short, to release incarcerated people for the duration of the pardon proceedings – Duda pointed out.
Professor Łętowska: We will witness a certain procedure. At the end there will only be a pardon
Professor Ewa Łętowskaretired judge of the Constitutional Tribunal and first Ombudsman, in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24, she emphasized that “the president announced his pardon, initiating the pardon procedure.” – You must first open a procedure so that at the end there is a decision on pardon – she explained.
– This is an announcement of a pardon and it is very good news, because at least it extinguishes part of the conflict that has been animating our hearts, minds and tongues in recent days – she said. She indicated that the president had fulfilled a certain invitation “there are expectations towards the Prosecutor General, Professor Adam Bodnar, who must now take certain actions.”
– I understand that Mr. Bodnar will probably answer positively and we will now witness a certain procedure – she said, emphasizing that “in the end there will only be a pardon.”
“The case is extraordinary, so it will probably move quickly, but it will take some time.”
– I would have to check what the exact procedure is like, because I simply don’t remember it. But of course various documents are collected here. These then go to the president. And he makes the decision that he has already announced that he wants to make – continued prof. Łętowska. She emphasized that “pardon, as the president has repeatedly emphasized, is the president’s prerogative.”
In her opinion, “this is a bit of an unusual situation at the moment.” – Because the case is indeed extraordinary, unusual, so it will probably proceed quickly, but it will take some time. We really like, when something starts, to immediately ask: why hasn’t it finished yet? – said a former judge of the Constitutional Tribunal and former Ombudsman.
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