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Opposition to back motion to bring former PM before State Tribunal

27th September 2012
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Leaders of the opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) and Palikot Movement (RP) have declared they will support a planned motion by the senior ruling coalition party Civic Platform (PO) to bring Poland's former Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński and former Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro before the State Tribunal.

Yesterday, PO began collecting signatures under the motion among members of parliament.
“Our [parliamentary] club hasn’t discussed the issue yet, but I will encourage my colleagues to support this initiative,” said Ryszard Kalisz, deputy leader of SLD.

Mr Kalisz was head of the commission investigating the tragic death of Barbara Blida, a former SLD construction minister who shot herself during a search of her house in Siemianowice ¦l±skie by the Internal Security Agency (ABW) officers in April 2007. Mr Ziobro was justice minister at the time.

The commission completed its work in August last year, presenting a document which included a total of 11 reasons why both politicians should be put before the State Tribunal.

Janusz Palikot, founder and leader of RP, although declaring his support, did emphasize that PO’s intentions are “shallow” and have more to do with a raw political fight than political responsibility for the abuse of power. Junior coalition partner the Polish People’s Party (PSL) hasn’t yet declared whether it will support the motion of PO.

Poland A.M.

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