The Supreme Court’s recent decision has sent shockwaves through the political landscape as it overturned the Sejm Marshal’s ruling on Maciej Wąsik’s parliamentary mandate, confirming that he remains a member of parliament.
This legal saga revolves around former Ministers of the Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik. In a landmark ruling last December, the Warsaw District Court handed down two-year prison sentences to both former ministers, alongside one-year sentences for two former CBA agents, all implicated in operational activities during the notorious “land scandal.”
President Andrzej Duda weighed in on this contentious issue, highlighting the 2015 clemency granted to Kamiński and Wąsik after their initial sentencing. He asserted that there were no legal grounds for their mandates to be declared expired. However, despite this perspective, Sejm Marshal Szymon Hołownia proceeded with decisions asserting the expiration of their parliamentary mandates.
Following this, the former CBA chiefs, Kamiński and Wąsik, lodged appeals with the Supreme Court challenging the expiration of their mandates. However, due to an administrative misstep, these appeals inadvertently landed in the Chamber of Labor instead of the intended Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs Chamber.
The situation remains unresolved, especially for Mariusz Kamiński, whose case is pending in the Chamber of Labor and Social Insurance of the Supreme Court. Intriguingly, a hearing for Wąsik’s case, although initially handled by a different chamber, is slated for January 10th.