President Duda Stands Firm on Pardons Amidst Political Turmoil in Poland

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    Amidst the ongoing political turmoil in Poland, President Andrzej Duda’s Chief of Staff, Marcin Mastalerek, announced that the head of state has no intentions of reapplying the pardon to Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik. If the two politicians were to serve their prison sentences, international institutions would step in, as per Mastalerek.

    President Duda has reportedly conveyed his plans to the reinstated Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, asserting that the pardons granted to the PiS MPs remain valid. The recent court ruling, sentencing Wąsik and Kamiński to two years in prison, is deemed erroneous by the Polish president.

    In response to the court decision, Sejm Marshal Szymon Hołownia suspended the parliamentary mandates of Kamiński and Wąsik until the Supreme Court reviews their appeal. However, both politicians reject the suspension, citing a lack of formal notification from the Sejm Marshal. Mastalerek emphasized that the president is not contemplating a second pardon, citing previous Constitutional Tribunal rulings supporting the initial pardon.

    “If they end up in prison, the president will consider notifying international institutions of ‘political prisoners’ illegally held in Poland,” Mastalerek stated. A formal letter on this matter is reportedly being prepared.


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