New Central Anticorruption Bureau top officer chosen

PM Mateusz Morawiecki will appoint a new head of the Central Anticorruption Bureau (CBA) on Wednesday. On the same day, a new CBA deputy head and a new Internal Security Agency (ABW) deputy head will also be appointed.

From Wednesday, the CBA will be headed by Andrzej Stróżny, whose career path took him through the ranks of police, the ABW and the CBA where he has been acting head since his predecessor Ernest Bejda’s tenure expired.

Having graduated from the department of law of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, he enlisted for regular military service in Żagań, followed by putting on the police uniform. In the police, he was in charge of a unit dealing with murders and the head of the department for the fight against crime regarding life and health.

Mr Stróżny joined the ABW in 2006 as the deputy head of the Department of Criminal Prosecution. He continued to work at the ABW from 2008 to 2015 as a counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence expert. In 2015 he became head of the ABW office in Katowice. He concluded his career in the ABW in the rank of colonel.

PM Mateusz Morawiecki chose to appoint him acting head of the CBA on February 19, 2020.

The positive opinion on the appointment of Mr Stróżny as the head of the CBA was issued by the Lower House Commission on the Secret Services on Thursday.

Other appointments

The commission was also positive about the replacement of deputy CBA head Grzegorz Ocieczka with Daniel Karpeta.

Moreover, the commission also gave a green light to colonel Bartosz Jarmuszkiewicz, the former head of the ABW Central Training Centre, who will now fill the office of deputy ABW head.

According to the law, the heads of secret services are appointed by the PM following the opinion of Poland’s president, the governmental collegium for secret services, and the Lower House Commission on the Secret Services. The PM is not bound by these opinions. The head of the CBA is appointed by the PM for a four-year tenure.