Today’s news round up in Poland

Today’s news round up in Poland Kalbar/TFN

Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.

Wyborcza.pl - The brother of Jaroslaw Szymczyk, the commander of the Polish police, is involved in an organised crime group that "robs the state" through VAT fraud, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote on Monday. However, the paper also alleged that Jerzy Ziarkiewicz, the head of the Lublin Regional Prosecutor's Office, intervened in the case in order to ensure that the brother, known only as Lukasz Sz., for reporting reasons, did not face prosecution. Ziarkiewicz, the paper added, is a "trusted man" of Zbigniew Ziobro, the justice minister.

TVPInfo.pl - Public broadcaster TVPInfo ran a story about a corruption scandal hitting the PZPN, the Polish Football Association. The news channel reported that a Szczecin court has upheld the continued detention of four suspects, including a former secretary general of the association. The four face a variety of charges, including fraud and money laundering, for their alleged involvement in a scam that deprived the PZPN of around PLN 1 million (EUR 210,000) by issuing fees for services connected to bogus contracts.

TVN24.pl - Zbigniew Ziobro, the justice minister, has written an open letter to President Andrzej Duda, calling for him to "initiate a national debate" on a new bill on the Supreme Court currently in parliament. Law and Justice, the dominant party in Poland's ruling coalition, hopes the bill will grant Poland access to billions of euros in EU funding. Poland is currently locked out of the funding due to concerns over the rule of law. Ziobro, leader of a junior member of the coalition, opposes the bill, claiming in the letter it undermines the constitutional power of the president.

Rp.pl – The newspaper Rzeczpospolita has found out that tissue samples taken from the remains of Andrzej Izdebski have arrived in Poland from Albania for DNA testing. Izedebski is at the centre of a scandal involving the purchase of ventilators at the height of the Covid pandemic. Although having no medical background, Izdebski was paid PLN 154 million (EUR 32 million) to provide ventilators but failed to fulfil the contract and then fled to Albania. In June last year, he apparently died of a heart attack in the capital Tirana but his prompt cremation fuelled theories that he may have forged his own death to escape justice. The samples, taken before the body's cremation, could prove that Izdebski is dead.