Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw and vice-chairman of the PO, announced in the “Kampania #BezKitu” program on TVN24 that he had information that Włodzimierz Karpiński, suspected of corruption, would himself resign from the post of secretary of Warsaw at the beginning of next week. “It’s important to him that the city hall can function normally, without any disturbances,” he added.
Trzaskowski was asked in the program about the case of Włodzimierz Karpiński, suspected of corruption, who was suspended as secretary of Warsaw. He is a former president of the municipal company MPO and a former minister of the treasury, who is currently under arrest.
– Although contact with the secretary (Włodzimierz Karpiński – ed.) is difficult, I have information that he will hand in his resignation at the beginning of next week. It is important to him that the town hall can function normally, without any disturbances – said Trzaskowski.
There was also a question about who will replace Karpiński in the duties of the secretary of the city. – It’s too early to talk about it, for now we have divided the duties between the incumbent vice-presidents so that the town hall can function normally. However, I will of course make such a decision in the coming weeks – Trzaskowski replied.
Charges and 90 days in jail
Karpiński is suspected of accepting a bribe of almost five million zlotys in connection with the procedure of selecting companies participating in the waste collection process in Warsaw. At the end of February, the Katowice-Wschód District Court granted the request of the National Prosecutor’s Office and arrested him for 90 days. On March 15, the District Court in Katowice did not accept the defense’s appeal in this case.
The investigators justified that in this case not only was there a fear of collusion, but even – in their opinion – the suspect had already taken actions bearing the hallmarks of collusion. When submitting the request for arrest, the prosecutor’s office also pointed to the high probability of committing the alleged crime and the threat of severe punishment.
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