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Prosecutor Dariusz Barski earned hundreds of thousands of zlotys as an adviser to Zbigniew Ziobro's ministry – reports Wirtualna Polska

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The Ministry of Justice, led by Zbigniew Ziobro, concluded contracts with prosecutor Dariusz Barski for at least PLN 764,832 – writes Wirtualna Polska. “This concerns the period from December 2015 to February 2022, when Barski was an advisor and expert of the ministry,” we read.

Wirtualna Polska writes that the Ministry of Justice is conducting a “detailed audit of all contracts concluded under Zbigniew Ziobro's rule.” He adds that the new authorities of the ministry are also to publish a list of contracts concluded under the rule of Minister Adam Bodnar. WP obtained a list of 16 contracts concluded by the Ministry of Justice with Dariusz Barski, a trusted person of Zbigniew Ziobro and, privately, a witness at his wedding. The documents show that in the period from December 2015 to February 2022, Barski “could count on at least PLN 764,832 gross.” The subject of the contracts was mainly “performing expert and advisory activities” and “preparing and giving opinions on legal acts” – reports Wirtualna.

The portal emphasizes that all data presented are gross amounts. The lowest value contract is PLN 2,700.14 and the highest value is PLN 79,410, we read.

Prosecutor Dariusz Barski is a trusted person of Zbigniew ZiobroPAP/Tomasz Gzell

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As Wirtualna writes, the ministry had two contracts with prosecutor Barski – one concluded from May to November 2020 for “expert and advisory activities” and the other from May to November 2021 for “expert and advisory activities in the field of work related to the reform of the justice system , introducing new legal solutions regulating the procedure for conducting criminal proceedings and cooperation in this respect with foreign entities.

Dariusz Barski – who is he?

Dariusz Barski, who comes from Łódź, has worked in prosecutor's offices at various levels for several years. He was a prosecutor in high-profile media trials, including the case regarding mismanagement in the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. At that time, he accused, among others, former SLD politician Andrzej Pęczak, as well as former president of Piotrków Trybunalski, Waldemar Matusewicz.

He is considered a trusted person by Zbigniew Ziobro and was considered an “eminence grise” in his circle. Privately, Barski was a witness at the wedding of Zbigniew Ziobro and Patrycja Kotecka.

In 2007, he served as Deputy Prosecutor General (at that time, Zbigniew Ziobro was the Minister of Justice) and later as the National Prosecutor. After the liquidation of the National Prosecutor's Office in 2010, he retired.

Dariusz BarskiTomasz Gzell/PAP

A year later, in 2011, Barski decided to run in the parliamentary elections. He started from the second position on the Law and Justice party's list in Łódź and received enough votes to take up a parliamentary seat. But ultimately he did not take up the position due to the regulations stating that one cannot hold the mandate of an MP and a prosecutor at the same time. Barski did not resign from the position of prosecutor, therefore the then Speaker of the Sejm, Grzegorz Schetyna, expired his mandate. Barski appealed against this decision, but the appeal was deemed ineffective.

Later he disappeared from public life and lectured at private universities. In 2015, when Andrzej Duda became president, he appointed him as his representative on the National Council of the Prosecutor's Office. In 2016, he again appeared in the entourage of the then Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro. He was involved in, among other things, preparing expert opinions and advising, but he did not hold any high position in the National Prosecutor's Office.

Who is prosecutor Dariusz Barski? His profile is presented by a TVN24 reporterTVN24

On February 16, 2022, pursuant to the provisions of Art. 47 of the Act introducing the Law on the Public Prosecutor's Office, he was restored to active service, and then on March 18, 2022, he was appointed first deputy of the Prosecutor General and National Prosecutor (then still Zbigniew Ziobro). He replaced Bogdan Święczkowski, elected judge of the Constitutional Tribunal.

In January, the Ministry of Justice – already under the leadership of Adam Bodnar – stated that Barski's reinstatement to active service in 2022 “was made in violation of applicable regulations and had no legal effects.”

Wirtualna Polska, tvn24.pl

Main photo source: PAP/Tomasz Gzell

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