The third big trial in the case of the so-called wild re-privatization will begin in early April before the Warsaw district court. The accused included town hall officials, legal advisers and claim collectors.
As the press section of the District Court in Warsaw informed, the date of commencement of this trial was set for April 1. There have also been several more dates for hearings in this case.
The defendants were charged with committing 37 crimes in total, the real estate – despite the lack of grounds for return – was to be seized for bribes. According to investigators, the damage caused to the heirs and the State Treasury amounted to over PLN 91 million, and the defendants were to pay over two million zlotys in bribes.
13 people in the dock
It is about the indictment from September 2019, originally filed by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Wrocław to the District Court for Warsaw-Mokotów. Soon after, however, the Mokotów court decided to apply to the Court of Appeal in Warsaw with a request to transfer the case to the Warsaw district court as the first instance. The decision to do so was made at the end of November 2019.
When the indictment was brought to court, the National Prosecutor’s Office informed that it concerns 13 people in connection with the so-called wild re-privatization and it concerns real estate located in Warsaw at ul. Mokotowska 63 and 40, Emilii Plater 15, Mazowiecka 12, Chopina 16, Poznańska 14, Hoża 23/25 and 25, Saska 56, Schroegera 72, Marszałkowska 141, Nowy Świat 28, and also at Plac Defilad.
The prosecutor’s office also informed that the persons covered by the indictment were: Mirosław B., Krzysztof D. – co-worker and attorney of Mirosław B., Jacek W. and Iwona P.-Ś. – chief specialists in the Real Estate Management Office of the Capital City of Warsaw Warszawy, Kamil D. – inspector at BGN, Jakub R. – deputy director of BGN, Gertruda J.-F. – head at BGN, Mariusz P. – head at BGN, as well as Jerzy M., Jerzy B., Alina D., Bogusława D.-R. – legal counsels in the Real Estate Office of the Capital City of Warsaw Warszawy and Leszek Z. – notary public.
According to the prosecutor’s office at the time, the accused were accused of committing a total of 37 crimes, and the real estate – despite the lack of grounds for return – was to be seized for bribes. “In the course of the proceedings it was established that the damage caused to the heirs and the State Treasury amounted to PLN 91 603 thousand 760. The amount of bribes paid was PLN 2 million 100 thousand. The circumstances established in the course of the investigation indicate a number of shortcomings in the administrative proceedings preceding the reprivatisation decisions” the prosecutor’s office informed in a press release.
It will be the third of the so-called large re-privatization processes in the capital. Two other such trials are already pending before the District Court in Warsaw.
Two other processes are in progress
In March 2019, the first one began, in which the Wrocław regional prosecutor’s office accused seven people of “a total of 24 crimes, where the value of the damage is close to PLN 300 million”.
The acts alleged against the accused in that case were committed in 2010-2015. They concern the addresses at: Sienna 29, Twarda 8, Twarda 10 and Królewska 39 Streets and the acquisition of real estate in the area of pre-war Colonial Settlement No. 4 in Mokotów at Sobieskiego, Piaseczyńska and Idzikowskiego Streets.
The indictment covered the father and son, who deal with the purchase of claims and rights to real estate in Warsaw – Maciej M. and Maksymilian M., Warsaw attorney – Andrzej M., two attorneys acting as probation officers – Grażyna K.-B. and Tomasz Ż. and two property appraisers – Michał Sz. and Jacek R.
On the other hand, in November 2019, another trial began, in which the accused are, inter alia, former deputy head of BGN in the capital city hall, his parents and former dean of the capital bar – eight people in total. The case concerns plots of land at the Palace of Culture and Science (pre-war address: ul. Chmielna 70) and at ul. Karowa 14/16, Mokotowska 63, Nowy Świat 63, as well as real estate in Kościelisko at ul. Salamanders 30.
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