The District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw has launched an investigation today to determine whether Lyudmila Kozlovska, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, told the truth while giving testimonies in court. The matter concerns her claim that Moldovan special service officers provided her with information from a secret report of the Internal Security Agency. The Moldovan officers have denied these allegations, leading the Editor-in-Chief of “Gazeta Polska,” Tomasz Sakiewicz, to file a complaint regarding a possible criminal offense.
As reported by the portal Niezalezna.pl, Prosecutor Szymon Banna stated:
“On July 18, 2023, the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw initiated an investigation under Article 233(1) of the Criminal Code, which pertains to providing false testimonies. The proceedings were initiated based on a complaint filed by Tomasz Sakiewicz and are related to the testimonies given by Lyudmila K. and Bartosz K. during a remote hearing held on May 30, 2023, before the District Court in Warsaw.”
He also confirmed that the case is connected to suspicions of these individuals making false statements regarding their contacts with the special services of the Republic of Moldova, their activities in the Open Dialogue Foundation, as well as acquiring funds for the foundation.
During the investigation, prosecutors will analyze a transcript of the court proceedings along with the recording. Additionally, they might request information from the authorities of the Republic of Moldova through an application for international legal assistance.
“If it becomes necessary to question Lyudmila K., we may carry out this procedure, for example, as part of international legal assistance at her current location,” stated Prosecutor Banna.
It should be noted that Lyudmila Kozlovska is currently prohibited from entering Polish territory.
Alleged Access to Secret Documents
Lyudmila Kozlovska and her husband, Bartosz Kramek, claimed on June 30 during a court hearing between the Open Dialogue Foundation and “Gazeta Polska” Editor-in-Chief Tomasz Sakiewicz that they had access to classified Polish service notes. She stated that Moldovan services showed her data from a report by the Polish Internal Security Agency.
Her husband, Bartosz Kramek, corroborated her version, saying, “We received official notes released by ABW officers from 2017-18-19.” He added that he saw various documents, including “a very extensive official note prepared by an ABW analyst after a meeting in Chișinău that took place.”
Upon reporting the incident, the Moldovan services reacted to the news on the portal Niezalezna.pl, categorically denying any such interactions. Furthermore, in response to questions from our journalist, the Security and Intelligence Services of the Republic of Moldova clarified that they had never been in contact with Kozlovska or her husband.
Both Kozlovska’s and Kramek’s statements were made under oath. Consequently, on July 11, the Editor-in-Chief of “Gazeta Polska” filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office regarding a possible criminal offense related to the statements made in court.
“Acting under Article 304(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, I request the Prosecutorial Office to kindly take the actions assigned to it by law, directing them towards the actions of the perpetrators punishable under Article 233 and Article 265(1) of the Criminal Code,” read the complaint.
Article 233 of the Criminal Code: Whoever, while testifying as a witness in court proceedings or other proceedings conducted pursuant to the law, gives false testimony or conceals the truth, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term of 6 months to 8 years (paragraph 1).
Article 265(1): Whoever discloses or, contrary to the provisions of the law, uses confidential information marked as "secret" or "top secret" shall be subject to imprisonment for a term of 3 months to 5 years.