The Court of Appeal in Warsaw increased the amount of compensation for Wojciech Kwaśniak. The former deputy head of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority is to receive PLN 20,000 for damage caused by the action of the prosecutor’s office and the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau.
Wojciech Kwaśniak informed TVN24 about the decision of the Warsaw court. “The Court of Appeal in Warsaw, in its judgment, increased the amount of compensation due to me from PLN 15,000 to PLN 20,000, which the State Treasury is obliged to pay me for the undoubtedly unjustified detention by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin on December 6, 2018 In addition, the Court charged the State Treasury with all costs and legal representation, he informed.
Detention of Wojciech Kwaśniak
In 2018, agents of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, at the request of the prosecutor’s office, detained the former chairman of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, Andrzej Jakubiak, and six officials reporting to him, including Wojciech Kwaśniak. As reported by the National Prosecutor’s Office, the arrests concerned the failure of officials to perform their duties in the supervision of SKOK Wołomin in 2013-2014.
In 2021, the District Court in Warsaw ruled that the detention of Wojciech Kwaśniak was wrong. Judge Danuta Kachnowicz, in the justification of this ruling, calculated that as a result of the action, Kwaśniak suffered “shame, humiliation and mental suffering”.
She reminded that the former deputy head of the KNF – the position he held during the rule of PO-PSL – was taken out of the house in handcuffs, then handcuffed in the convoy, the Bureau’s agents transported him to the hospital because he complained about his health, and then in the convoy to Szczecin, where before being placed in the chamber detentions were subject to strip search.
Wojciech Kwaśniak, as vice-chairman of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, supervised the inspection of SKOK in Wołomin, from which – according to the prosecutor’s office – several billion zlotys were siphoned off. In May 2014, Kwaśniak was brutally beaten in front of his home in Warsaw’s Wilanów district. The bandit was to be hired by a member of the supervisory board of SKOK Wołomin. The trial in this case dragged on for many years – it started before the District Court for Warsaw Mokotów at the end of 2015. However, in November 2017, the judge in charge of the case went on maternity leave. The proceedings, which were already in the final phase, therefore had to start anew. Consequently, the process started again in April 2019.
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