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. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza looks at the murder conviction of Robert Janczewski. A schizophrenic, Janczewski was sentenced to life imprisonment last year for the 1998 murder of student Katarzyna Zowada in Krakow. Zowada was kidnapped and tortured before being killed. After her death her body was skinned, dismembered and thrown in the River Vistula. Wyborcza wrote, however, there are doubts over the conviction. It said there were unreliable witnesses, Janiczewski’s neighbours were not interviewed, there are apparent holes in the murder time-line. – Sebastian Kaleta, a deputy justice minister, has accused the European Commission of double standards over the rule of law, state-owned broadcaster TVPInfo reported on Thursday. Kaleta said that Poland has been unable to access an EU post-pandemic recovery fund because Brussels says politicians exert too much influence over the selection of the judiciary. But, Kaleta said, the European Commission has no problem with Spain even though its parliament selects judges. – The newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported an increase in the incidents of theft in Poland. According to official figures cited by the paper, last year there 124,000 cases of theft, 12,000 more than the previous year. Inspector Mariusz Ciarka, a spokesman for national Police Headquarters, said that theft was on the rise, especially shoplifting. Although rising prices are putting pressure on households, he said that many times alcohol and expensive cosmetics were stolen. – Private broadcaster TVN24 examined the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices in schools. Schools have the right to restrict the pupils’ use of phones in school owing to the disruption they can cause and mounting fears of "internet addiction". However, schools do not have the right to confiscate phones or ban them from school completely. Teachers are also not allowed to view the contents of phones as that is violation of privacy and against the law.