Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
Wyborcza.pl – Stefan Wilmont, who murdered the Gdansk mayor, Pawel Adamowicz, was given a life sentence. Adamowicz was fatally stabbed by Wilmont in January 2019, during a concert organised as part of Poland's largest charity event, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP), and died the following day in a hospital. Wilmont, according to the ruling, will be eligible for parole in 40 years.
rp.pl – On Thursday, the Polish interior minister confirmed that Poland's Internal Security Agency (ABW) had arrested six people on suspicion of cooperation with the Russian security services. According to the Rzeczpospolita daily, they are Belarusians and Ukrainians. There were no Russians among the detainees, the newspaper wrote. The spies were most active in a currently crucial area of Poland, the Podkarpacie region (southeastern Poland), which is the main place for transporting armaments and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Rzeczpospolita also wrote that money was the main motivation for the spying.
TVPInfo.pl – The state-owned TV news channel quoted the website of the German daily, Welt, writing that Poland plans to send MiG-29 combat aircraft to Ukraine while Germany and other countries are still considering such a move. "The crisis is revealing the real character of both, persons and nations," Welt wrote as quoted by TVP Info. "Poland has become a true leader of the West," the German website added.
RMF24.pl – The family and social policy minister, Marlena Malag, met with protesting disabled people and their care takers and proposed new benefits. Since March 6, a group of disabled people have been protesting in Poland's parliament building. Similar protests took place in 2014 and 2018. Currently, they are demanding an increase in benefits. From March, an adult with disabilities receives an allowance of EUR 340 per month which is less than the minimum wage of EUR 744. The government has proposed changes in the allowances and is willing to allow care takers to take employment. According to Polish law, a care taker who is employed has no right to a state allowance.