On Monday, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw issued a verdict in the murder of Marek Papala. The acquittal for Igor M. pseudonym “Patyk” was upheld. Some other charges against the defendants were waived for retrial.
The court dealt with the appeal of the Łódź prosecutor’s office against the judgment of October 2020, in which the Warsaw district court, among others, acquitted car thief Igor M., nicknamed “Patyk”, of the charge of murdering the former police chief. Then, the proceedings against six other people who were accused together with “Patyk” were acquitted or discontinued, and were accused of, among others, car thefts
The appeals court concluded its consideration of this appeal at the beginning of October. Then the stage of listening to the final speeches began.
On October 30, the defense lawyers delivered speeches, and the prosecutor responded. Some of the accused also spoke.
On Monday, the appeals court upheld the acquittal of Igor M., nickname “Patyk”. Some other charges against the defendants were waived for retrial.
Police General Marek Papala was shot in front of his house
Marek Papała, head of the Polish police from January 1997 to January 1998, was shot at ul. Rzymowskiego in Warsaw on June 25, 1998, in a car, in front of the block of flats where he lived.
The trial, in which an invalid verdict was passed in October 2020, is the second one related to the murder of General Marek Papala. In 2009, the District Court in Warsaw received the first indictment regarding the murder of General Papala – against Andrzej Z. “Słowik” and Ryszard Bogucki, accusing them, among others, of: inciting this murder.
In July 2013, the District Court acquitted Bogucki and “Słowik” because it found that the collected evidence was “fragile, scattered links that the prosecutor put together into a strong chain only in his opinion.” – The court does not know why General Marek Papala was killed – judge Paweł Dobosz admitted then. The Warsaw prosecutor’s office then refrained from filing an appeal.
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