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Police to crack down on PO

21st September 2007

Thousands of PO activists sought by police for questioning

A major political row erupted yesterday over press reports that police across the country were instructed by the prosecutor's office to interrogate thousands of Civic Platform (PO) volunteers and activists.

The interrogations are in connection with an ongoing investigation about alleged embezzlement of campaign funds by PO's financial manager in 2005. "It confirms our worst fears about this election campaign. The ruling party is using state institutions and the police for political gain," said PO leader Donald Tusk. The investigation apparently only gathered speed in the run up to next month's election. But Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro yesterday vehemently denied there was any connection, stressing the decision to interrogate the activists was taken two months ago, well before it was known there would be an early election. Sejm Speaker Ludwik Dorn said that although he thought Ziobro's explanations were convincing, he still asked him to postpone the interrogations until after the election. Meanwhile, sources say the Warsaw police received the list of persons to be questioned as late as August 13. (Gazeta Wyborcza p. 1) R.M.

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The govt are PiSed at having made a mess of their own party accounts. They had to call an election now, as they would have had no money to run a campaign later.

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It seems oddd that more Poles do not object to the government using the police and judicial system to promote themselves.

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They all must be a set of complete dumbos.

Alternatively, perhaps looking at Kaczmarek - perhaps dodgy policians need questioning more often. My, my -wasn't the Kaczmarek affair indicative of Polish public life. There were no grounds for him to be arrested since, as a minister, he had every right in the eyes of the judge to get 3 people to lie so as to hinder police investigations.