New IPN act in progress: Presidential minister

Intensive work is underway at the President's Office to amend the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance - said Presidential minister Andrzej Dera. The main goal of the work is for the act to enter into force before 1 August this year, said Minister Dera.

The Polish statute of limitations on Communist crimes expires on August 1, 2020, which means that prosecutors from the IPN investigative department lose their powers to prosecute the perpetrators. However, the regulations do not cover murders and, for example, crimes against peace or humanity.

Minister Dera was asked during an interview on Polish Radio 24 about the amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance, which would allow continued prosecution of communist crimes. The presidential minister has stated that for President Andrzej Duda, historical policy is important and he will sign the act.

He also expressed his conviction that parliament will deal with the amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance in June. He confirmed that the Chancellery of the President is currently undertaking intensive work on the draft amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance.

During Thursday’s Q&A session on Facebook President Duda was asked if he would support the bill abolishing the statute of limitation period for communist crimes.

"Yes, I will support such a bill," said the President. "Where it is just and possible, crimes should not be time-barred," he added.

According to President Andrzej Duda, "communist crimes should be prosecuted as crimes of genocide."

"Most of these crimes were torture, killing people. These crimes, unfortunately, have not been punished in a way that gives justice, which is painful" - noted President Duda.

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