Polish ex-minister begins starvation strike in jail as partisan row deepens | EUROtoday

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Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday expressed shock following the arrests of a former inside minister and his aide in a high-profile case that noticed one of many detained males launch a starvation strike.

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The nation has been in political turmoil since a pro-EU coalition eliminated right-wing populists from energy final month, as each side commerce barbs over alleged rule of legislation violations.

The arrests of outstanding Law and Justice (PiS) figures Mariusz Kaminski and Maciej Wasik occurred late Tuesday within the presidential palace the place the pair had sought refuge following an invite from the conservative president.

Kaminski, who considers himself a “political prisoner”, stated Wednesday he would go on a starvation strike to protest his detention.

Both Kaminski and Wasik had been elected lawmakers in October’s polls, however had been stripped of their mandates final month following a courtroom verdict.

“I see my conviction for fighting corruption and the unlawful action to deprive me of my parliamentary mandate as an act of political revenge,” Kaminski stated in an announcement despatched to the justice ministry.

But the present authorities stated Kaminski and Wasik had been despatched to jail after an unbiased judicial determination.

“They can’t be referred to as political prisoners, it’s an exaggeration, also considering the political prisoners detained all over the world,” Deputy Justice Minister Maria Ejchart advised reporters.

PiS has referred to as on its supporters to hitch a protest in opposition to the brand new administration’s selections, together with reforms within the state media, scheduled for Thursday exterior the parliament in Warsaw.

The two PiS politicians had been taken into custody after an appeals courtroom sentenced them to 2 years in jail for overstepping their authority in a case relationship again to 2007.

Kaminski was discovered responsible alongside along with his then deputy Wasik on the CBA anti-corruption company for masterminding a pretend graft case to discredit a high-level politician.

‘Textbook’ pardon

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Duda referred to as for calm within the nation however expressed help for each males, including that he was “deeply shocked” by the developments.

“I will not rest until Mariusz Kaminski and his associates are free,” Duda stated.

Both males have denied the costs and evoked a pardon that Duda granted them in 2015. That pardon, nonetheless, was later annulled by Poland’s Supreme Court.

Legal specialists on the time identified that the president couldn’t pardon somebody who had not but been definitively convicted.

But because the case gripped the nation following the newest courtroom verdict and the arrest warrant, Duda signalled he had no intention to grant them one other pardon.

He rejected doubts over the legitimacy of authentic 2015 pardon, calling it a “textbook case”.

As police arrived on the duo’s doorsteps on Tuesday, the 2 males appeared by Duda’s facet throughout a ceremony on the presidential palace.

Around 100 PiS supporters – together with the social gathering’s highly effective chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski – gathered late Tuesday in entrance of the police station the place the 2 males had been taken after their arrests.