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    Lawyer confirms resignation of detained Warsaw City Hall official

    The legal representative of former Treasury Minister Wlodzimierz Karpinski, who was arrested as part of a corruption probe, has announced that his client had sent him a written resignation from his senior position at the Warsaw City Hall. Mr Karpinski’s resignation comes in response to the ongoing investigation into possible wrongdoings during his time as Treasury Minister.

    Michal Krolikowski revealed to PAP last week that Karpinski had sent him a resignation letter, which he plans to send to City Hall as soon as it arrives. The representative of Warsaw’s mayor also confirmed that the authorities have been duly informed of Karpinski’s plan to step down.

    On February 27, the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau officers detained Karpinski, a treasury minister in the Donald Tusk government in 2013-2015.

    He is a suspect in a corruption investigation that has already seen a former deputy treasury minister, Rafal Baniak, arrested.

    The arrest of Baniak and two businessmen has sent shockwaves throughout the country, as the trio are suspected of having illegally arranged contracts worth a staggering PLN 600 million (EUR 127 million) with Warsaw-based waste disposal company MPO. The implications of these arrests are far-reaching, and the country awaits the outcome of the investigation with bated breath.

    Karpinski has been charged with accepting bribes up to almost PLN 5 million (EUR 1.07 million).

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