Prosecutors in Warsaw have formally charged former Transport Minister Sławomir Nowak for filing misleading information on his financial declaration while still in office.
Nowak did not plead guilty to the charges, saying “I feel innocent, because I am.” He faces up to three years in prison if found guilty of providing false information.
The case comes as according to prosecutors, between November 2011 and March 2013 Nowak did not declare a watch worth over PLN 17,000 on his financial declaration. Meanwhile, regulations state that any object deemed worth over PLN 10,000 be itemized on the declaration.
“I am hoping that the case will be transferred to the court and there I shall prove my innocence,” said Nowak.
When the case to light in November last year, Nowak gave up his parliamentary immunity and relinquished his ministerial post. Prime Minister Donald Tusk then incorporated the transport ministry into the regional development ministry during a cabinet reshuffle towards the end of the year.
As a result of the charges, Nowak was suspended by his grouping, Civic Platform, for three months.
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