Polish gov't accused of using secret services in politics

Poland's ex-interior minister and prosecutor general on Monday accused the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski of manipulating the ministry of justice and the country's intelligence services to serve its politi

Polish gov't accused of using secret services in politics
Poland's ex-interior minister and prosecutor general on Monday accused the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski of manipulating the ministry of justice and the country's intelligence services to serve its political interests.

Public prosecutors and Poland's intelligence services are engaged in gathering information about PiS's political rivals, Kaczmarek told reporters in Warsaw.

"What was supposed to be good, to serve the truth is being used to hold on to power, to investigate cases against politicians," Kaczmarek said.

He did not provide details, insisting he could be held legally responsible for making public matters labelled confidential.

Kaczmarek also accused the Kaczynski government of orchestrating illegal activities against both himself and his family.

"From a certain time there have been illegal acts towards me, acts violating my rights and the rights of my family - acts of a character which violated human rights," Kaczmarek said.

"I won't give up, I'll fight for sure and I won't be intimidated," Kaczmarek said. "I won't give anyone the satisfaction of being a second Barbara Blida."

Kaczmarek was referring to Poland's former construction minister and high-level left-wing politician Barbara Blida, who apparently committed suicide in the bathroom of her home on April 25, while officers from Poland's Internal Security Agency (ABW) were searching her premises in connection with allegations of corruption against her.

Prime Minister Kaczynski sacked Kaczmarek from the post of interior minister earlier this month after he allegedly leaked information regarding another corruption investigation to Andrzej Lepper.

At the time Lepper, leader of the populist Samoobrona farmers' party, was Poland's agriculture minister and deputy prime minister in a rocky coalition with the PiS.

Kaczynski also sacked Lepper last month after Poland's Anti- Corruption Bureau (CBA) suggested he was ready to take a bribe for the rezoning of farm land for commercial purposes. Lepper has flatly denied the allegations and claims the CBA tried to frame him.

Lepper's Samoobrona and former government coalition partner the Catholic-nationalist League of Polish Families (LPR) have proposed Kaczmarek as a possible candidate for prime minister.

The Polish parliament is to convene Wednesday in order to decide whether to pass a motion of self-dissolution, a move which could see early elections in October. Poland's next regularly-scheduled general election is due in the autumn of 2009.

DPA
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