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. – State-owned news broadcaster TVPInfo reported that German customs had thwarted a plan to smuggle 13,000 litres of Polish vodka and whisky to Qatar. The alcohol was found in cartons which had been hidden in an industrial shredder bound for the Gulf state. TVP speculated that the German customs agents may have been tipped off by their Polish counterparts. According to the story, the alcohol had a value in Germany of around PLN 250,000 (EUR 53,000), but could have been worth double that if it had made it to Qatar. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza ran an interview with Maria Poszytek, a lawyer from the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, on the situation concerning migrants being returned to Poland by other EU states. The migrants crossed into Poland from Belarus before moving onto other EU states, however EU regulations mean they are sent back to Poland as that was the first member state they entered. Poszytek said that there are concerns in some states, such as Germany and the Netherlands, that returnees will face inhumane conditions. There are also fears that children could be held in closed facilities, which operate in ways similar to that of a prison. – During a visit to the Czech Republic, President Andrzej Duda said that it was not an "easy decision" to agree to send tanks to Ukraine but it was necessary, private news network TVN24 reported. "Ukraine needs modern equipment so its defenders can repel another Russian onslaught," he said in reference to an expected Russian offensive. – There were 507 homicides in Poland last year, 127 less than in 2021, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported, citing official police figures. The decrease in the largest drop in the number of murders seen in recent years. Experts attribute the fall to the end of Covid lockdown and organised crime groups moving from killing each other to cooperating.