Former MP from the Confederation, Janusz KM. he heard the prosecutor’s charges. Investigators returned to the case of an accident from several years ago, which was allegedly caused by a politician. He had no powers at that time.
As Remigiusz Krynke from the Warsaw-Praga District Prosecutor’s Office informed us, the former MP is suspected of “driving after withdrawal of driving license”, which is punishable by up to two years in prison.
– The suspect pleaded guilty. He submitted a request for conditional discontinuation of the proceedings, the prosecutor said. He also noted that the investigation was coming to an end.
“Collision is too big a word”
Let us remind you that during the sessions of the new Sejm we will no longer see, among others, Janusz KM. His place was taken by Karina Bosak, who was making her debut in politics, and won over twice as many votes. Therefore, the politician lost his immunity, and the prosecutor’s office could return to the case that had been “frozen” for almost three years.
It was about the events of December 2020. In Otwock, there was a collision between a Fiat passenger car and a Scania truck. KM was behind the wheel of a passenger carwhich we confirmed in a conversation with the person concerned.
– Collision is too big a word for this event. I just hit a truck. The size of this event is medium. However, the second driver had to call the police because he had a leased car, the politician told us then.
Meanwhile, as it turned out, the MP was driving without a license. According to information provided by the district office in Otwock, it was withdrawn in 2007 for exceeding the limit of penalty points until he passed the driving test.
The case was therefore brought to the prosecutor’s office, because driving with a license revoked is a crime described in Article 180a of the Penal Code. This is punishable by a fine, restriction of liberty or imprisonment for up to two years. However, the prosecutor’s office could not summon the politician for questioning because he was protected by immunity.
It is true that in the fall of 2021, the prosecutor asked the Sejm to lift the immunity in this specific case, but he did not receive an answer. Now, however, investigators no longer had to wait for the green light from Wiejska Street, but only for the expiry of the MP’s mandate, and therefore his immunity.
And if the MP had retained his mandate, would his case have expired?
– During the period of immunity, the statute of limitations does not run – explained Prof. Ryszard Stefański, head of the Department of Criminal Law at Lazarski University, former prosecutor.
The limitation period is also suspended when the Sejm (or the Senate or the European Parliament) requests the suspension of the proceedings conducted against the MP (or senator or MEP).
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