Former dep. PM bonded with EUR 1.1 mln bail

Businessman Ryszard K., Sebastian J., Piotr Ś., Piotr W., and Michał Ś., (names withheld under Polish privacy law) who were detained on Thursday, will remain in temporal detention at the direction of the prosecutor’s office. Former Deputy PM in 2006-07, Roman G., who was also detained, has been bailed for EUR 1.1 mln but was not put under temporary isolation.

The above-mentioned individuals were detained on Thursday by the Central Anticorruption Bureau (CBA) over participation in a group that caused damage to Polnord listed company to the amount of PLN 92 mln (EUR 20,23 mln). In addition to the five men, seven other individuals were detained.

“Following the legal actions with regards to 12 detained individuals, it has been decided to issue… motions of preventive measure in the form of the temporary solitary confinement of Ryszard K., Sebastian J., Piotr Ś., Piotr W., and Michał Ś.,” Poznań Regional Prosecutor Jacek Motawski said on Saturday.

The prosecutor added that preventive measures in the form of a EUR 1.1 mln bail bond had been imposed on Roman G. in addition to suspending him from his attorney activities, banning him from leaving the country, putting him under police surveillance and coupled with the ban on contacting other suspects.

Roman G. has remained hospitalised ever since he lost consciousness during the CBA search of his house.

"With regard to speculation by some media outlets that ostensibly the state of health of suspect Roman G. resulted from an unlawful intervention of CBA officers , I staunchly assert that the collected evidence, including the search of Roman G.'s house, which was registered and supervised by attorneys of the Regional Attorney Council in Warsaw, show that the speculation is absolutely unfounded," Prosecutor Motawski said, adding that similar preventive measures were applied in the cases of Tomasz Sz., Tomasz B., Andrzej P., Wojciech C., Andrzej P. oraz Bartosz P, namely police surveillance, bail bonds and bans on contacting other suspects.

According to doctors, Roman G.'s state of health made it impossible to detain him.

In the meantime, commenting on the decisions of the prosecutor's office to suspend Roman G. from his attorney activities, lawyer Jacek Dubois, the suspect's friend in the profession, wrote that "it was all about eliminating Roman Giertych as an attorney. A country in which top notch attorneys are forbidden to defend themselves ceases to be a democratic country."

Mr Dubois referred to the circumstances in which the prosecutor read out charges to Mr. G. According to Mr Dubois, Mr G.'s attorney Jakub Wende and eyewitnesses Mr G. was asleep when the prosecutor read out charges to him.

"Currently, we are in a situation where charges were not communicated to our client effectively, thus no preventive measures can be used against him," Mr Wende told the Polish Press Agency (PAP), referring to the presumption of the prosecutor's office that Roman G.'s health allowed for interrogating and charging him.

"Our client was unconscious when the prosecutor read out the charges," Mr Wende said.

There were two opinions issued regarding whether Mr G. was in a condition that allowed for his transportation to the court. One opinion said his health allowed for such an action, however, another one, issued later on, said that the suspect could take part in court proceedings only in hospital conditions, and that the suspect could not be transported anywhere. Moreover, the second opinion said that the state of health of Mr G. did not allow for putting him under temporary solitary confinement as it could threaten his life and health.

However, according to Poland's public broadcaster TVP's TVP.INFO news website, when other individuals, including deputy Ombudsperson Hanna Machińsks, interacted with Mr G. he was conscious but "fell asleep" the moment that the prosecutor entered the room.