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The District Court in Warsaw imposed a fine on Daniel Obajtek of PLN 3,000, said Michał Szczerba, head of the parliamentary visa committee, on Friday. However, the court did not accept the commission's request to detain and forcibly bring the former head of Orlen before the commission.

Szczerba announced on Friday that the commission had received the decision of the District Court in Warsaw from Thursday. He said that the court decided to impose a fine of PLN 3,000 on the former head of Orlen, Daniel Obajtek, for failing to appear at the committee meeting on June 5. Szczerba added that in other respects the court did not accept the commission's request to detain and forcibly bring the witness.

Request for forced removal of Obajtek

Szczerba recalled that on June 6, the District Court in Warsaw received a request from the investigative committee to impose a fine on the witness Daniel Obajtek and to order the witness to be detained and brought to the meeting of the investigative committee scheduled for June 7 at 12 p.m. The head of the committee said that Obajtek did not show up to the meeting of the investigative committee on June 5 in order to testify, despite an effective summons. He added that Obajtek had previously submitted a request to the committee to change the date of the meeting.

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Daniel ObajtekLeszek Szymański/PAP

Szczerba said that the court shared the commission's opinion that Obajtek's behavior was reprehensible. – The court punished him with the maximum penalty for unlawful failure to appear. We respect this decision. Today at 12 p.m. it will turn out whether this punishment will discipline the witness and whether this time Mr. Obajtek will also ignore the District Court in Warsaw, which gave him the benefit of the doubt regarding the fulfillment of the obligation to appear today at 12 p.m. – said Szczerba.

Mirosława Chyr, spokeswoman for criminal cases at the Warsaw District Court, also announced that the court imposed a fine of PLN 3,000 on Daniel Obajtek and did not accept the request of the investigative committee to detain and forcibly bring the witness to the committee meeting scheduled for June 7.

“A fine should be imposed first.”

As reported by Chyr, in the justification for the decision imposing a fine, the court found that the witness did not appear at the meeting without proper justification. – This letter submitted by the witness does not constitute such an excuse. Although the witness indicated that he had planned activities in connection with the election campaign, but, as the court noted, he did not indicate what specific activities he would perform on June 5, she added.

She indicated that the court imposed the maximum fine and found that it would not be excessively burdensome and that it could be paid by the witness. She added that the court, when determining the amount of this penalty, also took into account the fact that the witness failed to appear at the meeting of the investigative commission for the second time.

– As regards the rejection of the request to detain and forcibly bring the witness to the committee meeting, the court found that detention, which is in fact deprivation of liberty, should only be applied in the event of a persistent refusal to testify by the witness. In the court's opinion, a financial penalty should first be imposed. This penalty should oblige the witness to appear at the committee meeting – explained Chyr.

Main photo source: Leszek Szymański/PAP



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