The National Board`s of the Polish Judges Association "IUSTITIA" Appeal to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
The National Board of the Polish Judges Association "IUSTITIA"
Bearing in mind the publication by Oko.press and Onet.pl of further information about the "hatter affair" at the Ministry of Justice, we request the Prime Minister to take action to determine whether Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has fulfilled his supervisory responsibilities. For this purpose, the Prime Minister may use the control tool, specified in the Act of 15th July 2011 on control in government administration.
The aforementioned media reports indicate that Zbigniew Ziobro's deputy Vice – Minister Lukasz Piebiak, may have provided third parties with access to data from judges' personal files. This is a drastic breach of security rules for these individuals and an abuse of power. Information revealed in recent days also shows that those appointed by Zbigniew Ziobra as deputy disciplinary commissioners - Przemysław Radzik and Michał Lasota, were members of the informal group Kasta/Antykasta (Caste / Anti Caste), in which they were informed what official actions would be taken by them. Putting aside the vulgar nature of some of the texts, this would also constitute a breach of official secrecy. Despite the appalling media coverage, these individuals continue to hold positions entrusted to them by Zbigniew Ziobra. Dariusz Drajewicz, Rafał Puchalski, and Maciej Nawacki, who are currently being presented as candidates for the National Council of the Judiciary, were also members of the group. As it results from the statement of a member of this group, Rafał Puchalski was supposed to participate in editing an anonymous letter, which attacked the president of Iustitia Prof. Krystian Markiewicz. Today he is a candidate to the NCJ for the next term and a person appointed by this body to the post of a judge of the Supreme Court. The investigation into the so-called hatters scandal has been going on for over two years, despite the court's judgement that it is being conducted in a protracted manner. This is a result of the prosecutors being subordinated to Zbigniew Ziobro, who is not interested in investigating the case. If it is the case, as the media are reporting, that a member of the informal group Kasta/Antykasta was also the current District Prosecutor in Warsaw, Mariusz Dubowski, this shows how uninterested this institution may be in investigating the case.
There are no grounds to assume that the hatters scandal will be explained by Minister Zbigniew Ziobro himself or by the prosecutor's office subordinate to him. The enormity of the irregularities that occurred in the political appointment of the NCJ is appalling. The lack of action by the Prime Minister in this matter amounts to a dereliction of his statutory duty to uphold the law in his ministries.