Ex-justice minister among four persons detained by anti-corruption agency

Poland's Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) on Wednesday detained four persons, including the former Justice Minister Andrzej K., in connection with an investigation into instances of people impersonating officials of special services.

CBA's communications officer Temistokles Brodowski confirmed to PAP that operatives from the agency's branch in Katowice (southern Poland), detained four men.

They are the former Justice Minister, lawyer Andrzej K., as well as his associate, a businessman and a former official of the Military Information Service (WSI).

The four men are the latest persons detained as part of the investigation into cases where people posed as functionaries of the Internal Security Agency (ABW) and the Military Counter-Intelligence Service (SKW).

As the CBA official explained to PAP, the detained persons claimed to have contacts in the judiciary and the special services, and took financial benefits in exchange for settling matters with various institutions.

Now the Regional Prosecution Office in Katowice is set to charge them with claiming to have influence in public institutions and being part of an organised crime group.