Detained Warsaw City Hall official has resigned, says lawyer

A legal representative of Wlodzimierz Karpinski, a former treasury minister arrested as part of a corruption investigation, has said his client has sent him a written resignation from his senior Warsaw City Hall position.

Michal Krolikowski told PAP that Karpinski had sent him the resignation letter last week and as soon as he receives it he will forward it to City Hall. A representative of Warsaw's mayor confirmed that authorities had been informed of the resignation.

On February 27, the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau officers detained Karpinski, a treasury minister in the Donald Tusk government in 2013-2015.

He is a suspect in a corruption investigation that has already seen a former deputy treasury minister, Rafal Baniak, arrested.

Baniak and two businessmen who have also been arrested are suspected of illegally arranging contracts with Warsaw-based waste disposal company MPO worth PLN 600 million (EUR 127 million) in total.

Karpinski has been charged with accepting bribes up to almost PLN 5 million (EUR 1.07 million).