The Parliamentary Committee on Administration and Internal Affairs discussed the circumstances of the grenade launcher explosion at the headquarters of the Police Headquarters during secret sessions. – The secrecy of the investigation meant that we did not receive answers to many questions – said the chairman of the commission, Wiesław Szczepański.
On Tuesday, the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and Internal Affairs discussed the circumstances of the grenade launcher explosion at the headquarters of the General Police Headquarters during secret sessions. As announced after the meeting of the committee, its chairman Wiesław Szczepański from the Left Club, the meeting was attended by, among others, the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration Mariusz Kaminski and the deputy minister of this ministry Maciej Wasikas well as the commander-in-chief of the police, General Jarosław Szymczyk, the commander-in-chief of the Border Guard, Maj. Gen. SG Tomasz Praga and prosecutors conducting the investigation.
Szczepański: We have not received answers to many questions
– The knowledge we obtained did not broaden our horizon, because you are now hiding behind the issue of the prosecutor’s proceedings – the head of the AiSW committee, Wiesław Szczepański, told journalists. He added that all evidence is part of the prosecutor’s investigation and, according to the law, is a secret investigation.
– The discussion lasted three hours, but the secrecy of the investigation meant that we did not get answers to many questions – assessed Szczepański.
“This information is not disclosed by either party”
When asked whether we will ever officially know what happened in the KGP building, Szczepański pointed out that perhaps a lot of information will appear after the end of the investigation. – The issue of the procedure related to the secrecy of the investigation means that both parties do not want to disclose this information – he said.
The head of the commission said that the Ukrainian side is known for the fact that it likes to give gifts related to war in Ukrainebut – as he emphasized – these gifts should always be approached with caution.
The commission was supposed to take up the case in January
A meeting devoted to the explosion of one of the grenade launchers, which during the visit to Ukraine general Szymczyk received from the chiefs of the local services, it was closed and took place in a building to which journalists have no access.
Before entering the building, the chairman of the AiSW committee told reporters that MPs would like to hear “everything that is possible” on this matter. As he noted, the meeting of the committee is classified at the request of the head MIA. “I hope we hear everything we want to ask,” he added.
The Administration and Internal Affairs Committee was to deal with the case of the grenade launcher explosion at the KGP in January. However, the meeting was adjourned at the request of opposition deputies, who justified it with the absence of, among others, the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration and commander Szymczyk.
Grenade launcher explosion
The grenade launcher exploded on December 14 last year in Warsaw in the back room of the commandant’s office. General Szymczyk, explaining in the media the circumstances in which he received such gifts, indicated that during a meeting with the head of the National Police of Ukraine, Ihor Klymenko, he received a grenade launcher tube converted into a loudspeaker from which music was played. He received a similar tube from the State Service of Ukraine for Emergency Situations of Gen. Dmytro Bondar and was assured that it was also an element of used weapons. After the explosion, Bondar was suspended.
The commander also explained that he crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border on a diplomatic passport and did not report the gift, because – as he said – in the minds of the delegation “it was not armament, but two used, empty grenade launcher tubes”.
Investigations are underway in Poland and Ukraine. The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration informed that he ruled out the dismissal of the commander due to this incident. At the end of December last year, Kamiński met with the then head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Denys Monastyrsky, who died tragically in a helicopter crash on January 18.
“The Ukrainian side once again expresses regret for the unintentional mistake that led to the incident at the Police Headquarters,” read the joint statement of the interior ministers of Poland and Ukraine, agreed during the meeting.
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