A breakthrough in the scandal at NCBiR, which, during the rule of the United Right, fell to the political prey of Adam Bielan’s Republicans – wrote Dariusz Joński (KO) on social media. He said that the investigation “shows that an organized criminal group extorted millions from PARP and NCBiR.” The CBA also issued a statement on this matter earlier. The office announced the arrest of five people and charges against them.
Civic Coalition MP Dariusz Joński wrote on Thursday afternoon on the X platform (formerly Twitter) that there had been a “breakthrough in the NCBiR scandal, which, during the rule of the United Right, fell to the political prey of Adam Bielan’s Republicans.”
“The first arrests! The CBA confirms the findings of me, Michał Szczerba and journalists. The investigation of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin shows that an organized criminal group extorted millions from PARP and NCBiR!” – added.
Five people detained
On Tuesday Central Anticorruption Bureau announced on its website that officers of the delegation in Szczecin “apprehended a criminal group extorting EU subsidies from the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and the National Center for Research and Development.”
The announcement also specified that on December 6 this year, “five people were detained suspected of participating in an organized criminal group involved in falsifying documentation and submitting false and unreliable documents to the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and the National Center for Research and Development as part of projects worth over PLN 70 million.” 000,000.00 PLN”.
CBA: damage exceeding PLN 1 million
“Searchs were also carried out at the place where the suspects were detained in order to secure material that may be of evidentiary importance for the ongoing investigation. In addition, officers from the Delegations of the Central Anticorruption Bureau from Katowice, Kraków, Bydgoszcz, Wrocław, Łódź and Gdańsk searched a number of business entities involved in criminal activities. procedure,” it was written.
It was also reported that “during the investigation, it was established that in the years 2019-2021 there were numerous abuses in the implementation of projects co-financed by the Smart Growth Operational Program.”
“The abuses involved presenting fictitious consulting services as eligible expenses, creating projects in order to obtain funding, as well as misleading intermediary institutions. The activities of an organized criminal group resulted in damage to property of great value exceeding PLN 1 million,” the CBA reported.
It was noted that “the matter is developing, so further actions are planned.”
Temporary arrest and other preventive measures were applied
The detainees were brought to the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin, which supervises the investigation. They heard – as we read – allegations under Art. 258 § 1 and 3 of the Penal Code, art. 271 Penal Code, Art. 286 § 1 of the Penal Code in connection with Art. 294 Penal Code, Art. 297 Penal Code and Art. 271 Penal Code
“The prosecutor decided to apply non-custodial preventive measures to the three suspects, including police supervision, a ban on leaving the country combined with confiscation of their passport, property bail and a ban on contacting persons suspected in the case,” we learn from the press release.
“At the request of the prosecutor conducting the investigation, the District Court of Szczecin Prawobrzeże i Zachód applied an isolating preventive measure in the form of temporary arrest to the two remaining suspects,” it added.
Scandal at NCBiR
Irregularities surrounding the awarding of subsidies by the National Center for Research and Development were one of the most famous scandals this year. As a result, Jacek Żalek lost the positions of deputy minister of funds and deputy head of the Republican Party, as well as his place on the list to the Sejm in the October elections. elections. Moreover, in matters related to NCBiR, the prosecutor’s office has initiated an investigation (the activities are carried out by the CBA), a Supreme Chamber of Control ordered a thorough review of the “Fast Track – Digital Innovations” program.
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In June, in the first interview after his resignation in March, Żalek told tvn24.plthat Bielan took part in meetings at the Ministry of Funds regarding NCBR and “agreed on key decisions together with Minister Puda”.
However, the Supreme Audit Office presenting the results of the inspection on October 13announced that it would send notifications to the prosecutor’s office regarding suspected abuse of powers by public officials.
How determined by tvn24.placcording to the Supreme Audit Office, there is a justified suspicion that the crimes were committed by the MEP and the head of the Republican party Adam Bielan, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Grzegorz Puda and director of the National Center for Research and Development Jacek Orzeł. NIK has already prepared a notification to the prosecutor’s office in this case.
Main photo source: PAP/Leszek Szymański