Court overrules bail, travel restriction against Polish ex-minister

A Polish court ruled Wednesday that state prosecutors had wrongly imposed hefty bail and restricted the freedom of a former government minister at the centre of allegations of undemocratic practices by Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Court overrules bail, travel restriction against Polish ex-minister
A Polish court ruled Wednesday that state prosecutors had wrongly imposed hefty bail and restricted the freedom of a former government minister at the centre of allegations of undemocratic practices by Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Ex-interior minister Janusz Kaczmarek was arrested August 30 over allegations he had leaked information regarding an anti-corruption operation against another government minister.

Kaczmarek has denied formal charges that he interfered in the criminal probe.

He was released from detention nearly 48 hours after his arrest. Prosecutors levied a 100,000 zloty (36,700 dollars) bail and banned him from leaving the country.

A district court in Warsaw ruled that prosecutors had over-stepped the law on both counts.

Roman Giertych, another former minister in the government of conservative Law and Justice (PiS) Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, alleges Kaczynski tried to silence Kaczmarek.

The ex-minister is reported to have testified before a parliamentary committee that the Kaczynski government used the secret services and the justice ministry in attempts to neutralize political rivals.

The allegations of undemocratic behaviour against Kaczynski come as Poles head to the ballot box October 21 for a snap election. The outcome is uncertain as there is no clear favourite.

DPA
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