I have decided to dismiss the deputy head of the Poznań-Stare Miasto District Prosecutor’s Office – informed the Minister of Justice, Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro. He added that “the responsibility is adequate to the tasks of the prosecutor.” It is about the case of 24-year-old Marika, who was convicted of attempted robbery. As Ziobro said, in this case “there were gross errors resulting in questionable legal classification”.
Marika, 24, was sentenced to three years in prison. She did a year. In mid-July, a Catholic, far-right organization Ordo Iuris launched a social campaign to convince the president Andrzej Duda to pardon the 24-year-old. “Together with three other people, in a gesture of opposition to the promotion of far-left ideologies, she tried to snatch a bag in the colors of the movement from a woman LGBT. She was subsequently charged,” wrote Ordo Iuris.
By the decision of the Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro, the convicted 24-year-old was released. The law allows for a break in punishment during the course of the pardon proceedings.
Zobro: the prosecutor did not rise to the occasion
On Wednesday, Zbigniew Ziobro provided information at the conference about personnel decisions in connection with Marika’s case at the Poznań-Stare Miasto District Prosecutor’s Office in Poznań. – I have decided to dismiss the current deputy head of the district prosecutor’s office from the function of the prosecutor – he informed.
– Why was the deputy head of the district prosecutor’s office dismissed? Because the responsibility is adequate to the tasks of the prosecutor – he said. – It was the prosecutor, as the deputy head of the District Prosecutor’s Office, who was obliged, due to her supervision, to ensure the proper course of these proceedings, including the legal qualification of the act, as well as the motions for punishment that would be submitted to the court – he added.
As Ziobro said, “in these proceedings – certainly – the prosecutor did not rise to the occasion.” – There were gross errors resulting in dubious legal classification, completely inadequate penal reaction to reprehensible behavior, worthy of condemnation and requiring punishment, but in an adequate manner – he said.
– There can be no consent for ideological and ideological reasons to determine how individual acts are assessed and the perpetrators of these crimes are punished – Ziobro pointed out. – There can be no rule known from the Bolshevik times: “give me a man and I will find a paragraph”. Here, this kind of thinking, unfortunately, comes to mind as we look at this story, he added.
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In this context, Ziobro announced that he would strongly demand that ideology, politics and party views not enter the courts. – In Poland, there should be no place for politics in the courts, and unfortunately, this policy is becoming more and more common in the courts – he assessed.
The prosecutor of the National Prosecutor’s Office, Tomasz Szafrański, who was present at the press conference, referred to the court’s verdict against Marika and the accomplice. In his opinion, the court made gross errors of logic in deciding this case. In his opinion, the assessment of this judgment must lead to the conclusion: “an error upon an error, and one-sided argumentation, aimed at supporting the thesis about how bad and dangerous the defendants are, and not at showing what kind of reprehensible, serious crime they committed”.
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