MEPs to look into Poland's phone hacking

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A group of members of the European Parliament will come to Poland to investigate alleged surveillance against people linked with the country's opposition.

In late December, US news agency Associated Press reported that researchers at the University of Toronto had found that Israeli spyware Pegasus had been used to hack the mobile phones of some members of the opposition, including Senator Krzysztof Brejza, who at the time of the attack was head of a parliamentary campaign for the main opposition bloc, the Civic Coalition (KO).

Andrzej Halicki, an MEP who represents the European People's Party, wrote on Twitter on Thursday night that at the beginning of February, MEPs led by Esteban Gonzalez Pons were coming to Poland on an observation mission "to probe illegal surveillance of the opposition using Pegasus."

Halicki added that the mission will be followed by an EP debate and resolution.

Reacting to this announcement, Ryszard Czarnecki, an MEP from Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party said the mission was "a waste of European taxpayers' money."

According to him, the decision to organise the mission was politically-motivated.

"Mr Pons should rather investigate the behaviour of the Spanish police in Catalonia. This is a classic attempt to distract (the public - PAP) from the problems of his own country... it is an unnecessary visit," he said.

According to PAP findings, the EP mission will visit Poland on February 9-11, and its agenda will be established in the coming days.