It is indeed a very difficult situation when the head of the president’s political cabinet has to translate an interview that the president gave and authorized, said Michał Szczerba, a member of parliament from the Civic Coalition, on Monday. The politician referred to the attitude of the Presidential Palace in the case of the legally convicted Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik.
President Andrzej Duda announced the pardon of Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik – wrote “Super Express”, publishing an interview with President Andrzej Duda. “Today, Mariusz Kamiński is in a very difficult health situation, he is on a constant hunger strike. Maciej Wąsik is also on a hunger strike. I would like it to be stopped. If it can be stopped only by me simply pardoning them again, to simply save them, I will do it,” the newspaper quoted Andrzej Duda as saying.
The head of the presidential cabinet, Marcin Mastalerek, commented on the interview shortly afterwards. As he wrote, “pardon proceedings are ongoing.” “The President will make a decision immediately after receiving the opinion of the Prosecutor General. Mr. Adam Bodnar, by delaying and not releasing the MPs from prison, is endangering their lives and health,” he said.
Szczerba: It is indeed a very difficult situation when the head of the president’s political cabinet has to translate the interview
Michał Szczerba, an MP from the Civic Coalition, commented on this issue in the Sejm on Monday. – It is indeed a very difficult situation when the head of the president’s political cabinet has to translate an interview that the president gave and authorized – he said.
As he emphasized, “the president has at his disposal Article 139 of the constitution, which gives him the possibility of an act of mercy towards criminals in any situation.” – So if he signed the pardon today after the final court verdict that took place in December, tomorrow Kamiński and Wąsik would be free. He is not doing this, he used another instrument, the opinion of the prosecutor general, sending files and so on, so he chose the path he is currently following. And as I understand it, Mr. Mastalerek only confirmed that this would be the case – added Szczerba.
“I think for the first time I will agree with Jarosław Kaczyński”
The MP also commented on the words Jarosław Kaczyński, which refer to the case of convicted Kamiński and Wąsik. President PIS he was talking to another party politician so loudly that it was recorded by cameras, including the TVN “Fakty” camera: – I hope that the president will make up his mind and finally free himself. With the method he used, it could last another year, Kaczyński said.
According to Michał Szczerba, the president “is a bit of a hostage to his illegal actions from 2015, when he could not launch this act of mercy in the face of an illegal judgment and towards people who were not yet criminals.” – Today he has this instrument in his hand, he doesn’t do it – he said.
– And here, for the first time, I will probably agree with Jarosław Kaczyński that (the president – ed.) chose a very long and ultimately not necessarily successful procedure known from the Code of Criminal Procedure – said Szczerba.
As he emphasized, Andrzej Duda today “is the key to this matter.” – He is the catalyst for all these negative emotions, public gatherings, shouting in front of prisons. This is all very frivolous and the president, unfortunately, authorizes it all, added Szczerba.
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