Wrongly-accused Pole gets EUR 2.86 mln in return for 18 years in jail

"This case has no precedence in the Polish justice system," said Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski (pictured L) Tomasz Komenda’s (R) lawyer. Krzysztof Świderski/PAP

Tomasz Komenda, a Pole that was wrongly-sentenced to 25 years in prison for a murder he had not committed, will get a total of PLN 12.8 million (EUR 2.86 million) in compensation, a court has ruled.

Komenda will receive PLN 811,533 (EUR 181,000) as compensation and PLN 12 million (EUR 2.68 million) as redress for the 18 years he spent in prison. The ruling can be appealed.

Komenda demanded PLN 18 million (EUR 4.02 million) as redress and PLN 800,000 (EUR 179,000) as compensation.

Arrested in 2000, Komenda was four years later sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the brutal murder of a 15 year-old girl. Having spent 18 years in prison, he was acquitted of all the charges in mid-2018, but he was already 41 at that time.

This means he had spent nearly half of his life in prison.

"Today psychiatric experts upheld their opinion concerning the magnitude of wrongs and negative impact that the long-lasting prison stay, in such extreme conditions, has had on Tomasz Komenda," the man's lawyer Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski said. "This case has no precedence in the Polish justice system."

After the trial, Komenda said that "on Monday I closed the prison chapter behind me with very big locks."

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