The judgment ordering the Marshal of Mazovia, Adam Struzik, to apologize to PiS president Jarosław Kaczyński for sharing on Twitter with a photo of the PiS leader with a mustache in the style of Adolf Hitler, has become final. The Polish Press Agency informs about the case, citing lawyer Kaczyński.
Struzik is also to donate 10,000 zlotys to the “Association for the support of the John Paul II hospice in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski” and reimburse Kaczyński for the costs of the appeal proceedings.
“He has violated his good name, dignity and image”
According to PAP, attorney Adrian Salus, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw dismissed Struzik’s appeal in its entirety. Thus, the judgment of the Warsaw district court in May this year has become final. According to it, the Marshal of Mazovia must post an apology on Twitter saying: “I apologize to Jarosław Kaczyński for the fact that on March 19, 2019, on Twitter, I published Jarosław Kaczyński’s image similar to the image of Adolf Hitler. actions unjustifiably violated the good name, image and dignity of Jarosław Kaczyński. Adam Struzik “.
Attorney Commenting on this ruling, Salus said that the appellate court shared the position of the District Court in Warsaw. – The defendant’s publication, comparing Mr. President Jarosław Kaczyński to Adolf Hitler, exceeds the framework of substantive discussion and does not meet the standards of public debate. The said artwork was intended solely to annoy the claimant. Thus, Mr. Adam Struzik violated the good name, dignity and image of President Jarosław Kaczyński. The appeal was rightly dismissed in its entirety. The verdict is thus legally binding, added Salus.
Earlier, he announced that he would not apologize
On March 19, 2019, Adam Struzik posted an entry on Twitter saying: “It’s impossible to sleep”, in which he shared a photo of Kaczyński with a drawn Nazi mustache. A day later, he wrote that there would be no apologies to Kaczyński, because he had not offended anyone. “I greet all haters, bitter people, slanderers, liars, contemptuous people, all without an elementary sense of humor. Try to reflect on yourself for a moment” – wrote the Marshal of Mazovia.
The PiS president brought a lawsuit against Struzik for infringement of personal rights. As a consequence, in May this year, the District Court in Warsaw ordered the Marshal of Mazovia to apologize and pay PLN 10,000 to the indicated association. As Mr. Salus informed at the time, the court found that Struzik, by publishing the disputed graphic, had infringed Kaczyński’s personal rights in the form of good name, dignity and image. – In the oral grounds of the judgment, the court found that the defendant’s entry insulted and in fact generated a wave of hate speech accompanying the said publication. There is no place in the public domain for comparing political opponents to Nazi criminals – said the lawyer.
Adam Struzik has not commented on the matter yet.
Main photo source: PAP / Piotr Polak