Former Polish Senator detained by Anti-Corruption Bureau

Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) detained three people, including a former Polish Senator Stanisław K. (name withheld under the Polish privacy law) under the corruption charges.

Officers of CBA from Kraków, southern Poland, apprehended the former Senator, his son and the director of the Małopolskie provincial department of State Fund for Rehabilitation of Disabled People (PFRON).

They will be handed over to the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice, southern Poland, where they will face charges. According to Temistokles Brodowski, the CBA spokesperson, the former Senator and his son will be charged with accepting multi-million bribes, while the director of PFRON department - with granting financial benefits in the form of contracts for former Senator’s foundation.

Stanisław K. was elected as a Senator from Law and Justice lists four times. He served in terms in years 2005-2007, 2007-2011, 2011-2015 and 2015-2019. Last year he was running for a Senator as an independent candidate but was unsuccessful.

In December 2017, the National Prosecutor’s Office applied to the Senate to lift the immunity of Mr K. because it wanted to press corruption charges against him. The then-senator denied any wrongdoing announced that he will renounce the immunity. From January 2018 he had been an independent Senator.

The Senate of the previous term did not agree for apprehending and temporary arresting Mr K., but he had to pay bail and could not leave the country.