The attorney of the State Treasury appealed against the judgment of the District Court in Warsaw, which awarded Andrzej Pilecki, the son of Captain Witold Pilecki, compensation in the amount of PLN 1.5 million. “It’s sad and unacceptable,” she said.
Andrzej Pilecki, the son of Captain Witold Pilecki, applied for PLN 26 million in compensation and compensation from the State Treasury for the harm suffered by his father. The trial in this case has been pending before the District Court in Warsaw since November last year. In February, the court awarded the captain’s son PLN 1.5 million from the State Treasury together with statutory interest from the date of the judgment becoming final until the date of payment as compensation for the harm suffered by his father Witold Pilecki. In the remaining scope, the application for compensation was dismissed by the court, and the application for damages was dismissed in its entirety.
“It was a deprivation of human dignity”
In the justification, the judge pointed out that in the Polish legal system the State Treasury must bear responsibility for a situation in which a citizen was unjustly detained, temporarily arrested or served an unjust sentence.
The judge also reminded that Captain Pilecki’s relatives had already received compensation in December 1990. At that time, Captain Pilecki’s wife Maria, his daughter Zofia and son Andrzej were awarded the amount of 500 million zlotys at that time (before redenomination).
She added that the court must take into account the jurisprudence that is in force in such cases and the applicable economic and social conditions, and jurisprudence shows that amounts of around PLN 1 million were awarded in similar cases. – Of course, the question of death is an immeasurable question. There is no way to value it – emphasized the judge.
The court also noted that Captain Witold Pilecki was held in “horrible conditions”. – It was stripping a man of his dignity and bringing him to the lowest state – said Judge Monika Łukaszewicz.
However, she noted that the court “cannot give 25 times more than our other heroes” and that “every death is the same”.
The representative of Pilecki’s son comments
The judgment is invalid. The representative of the State Treasury filed an appeal against him. The first hearing date will be set by the appellate court.
– With indignation and great surprise, my employer took note of the information about the appeal. While the attitude of the prosecutor’s office, which decided to recognize the court’s verdict, was fully understandable, the position of the representative of the State Treasury is, in my opinion, unpleasant and unacceptable – Anna Bufnal, one of the representatives of Captain Pilecki’s son, told the Polish Press Agency.
She added that the state repeatedly referred to the sacrifice of Captain Witold Pilecki, who became a symbol of Polish patriotism. – The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda himself, in his statement, described the captain as “a true legend of underground Poland”, a man who fully deserved not only the honor he rightly receives from us, his countrymen, but also to be considered a model resistance fighter known in Europe and around the world – noted Bufnal.
The burial place remains unknown
Captain Witold Pilecki is a co-founder of the Secret Polish Army and a soldier of the Home Army. He was a voluntary prisoner of Auschwitz and the author of reports on the Holocaust. He also took part in the Warsaw Uprising. He was sentenced by the communist authorities of People’s Poland to death and executed with a shot in the back of the head in the Mokotów prison on Rakowiecka Street in 1948. The death sentence was overturned in 1990. In 2006, the captain was posthumously awarded the Order of the White Eagle, and in 2013 he was posthumously promoted to the rank of colonel.
His burial place has never been revealed. It has not been established to this day, despite searches at the Powązki Military Cemetery and in the courtyard of the prison at Rakowiecka Street.
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