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Prosecution “spec – ops” for prosecuting judges in the hands of Ziobro's former assistant. 'This means absolute loyalty'

20.11.2022, 10:20

Ewa Ivanova

Prosecution “spec – ops” for prosecuting judges in the hands of Ziobro's former assistant. 'This means absolute loyalty'

Who heads the Internal Affairs Division of the National Prosecutor's Office is of vital importance. And there has just been a change in the position of head - as we learn from prosecutors, it was taken by prosecutor Paweł Wilkoszewski.

The Internal Affairs Division of the National Prosecutor's Office is a special unit - it was established in 2016 as a special department at the highest level of the prosecutor's office and is used primarily to prosecute rebellious judges and prosecutors. Together with the illegal Disciplinary Chamber, it was supposed to eliminate “the enemies” of the current government from the judiciary. Its victims included Warsaw judge Igor Tuleya, whom the special division is trying to prosecute for allegedly revealing the secrets of the investigation while ruling. The judge has still been removed from adjudication for two years, and the prosecution is demanding that he be forcibly brought before a special unit prosecutor.

Who heads the department is of vital importance. And there has just been a change in the position of head - as we learn from investigators, prosecutor Pawel Wilkoszewski took over from 9th November.

Career linked to Ziobro

Wilkoszewski is a trusted man of Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro, who`s assistant he was in the past. In May 2006, he became an assistant prosecutor in the district prosecutor's office, but already in October 2006 he was delegated to the Warsaw-Praga Regional Prosecutor's Office, and in 2007 to the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw. During Ziobro's first rule in the prosecutor's office, he was ascribed the role of the grey eminence: he dealt with the case of the leak from the unsuccessful CBA (Central Anticorruption Bureau) operation in the Ministry of Agriculture, he was famous for flying in a military helicopter to Gdansk to interrogate Jaromir Netzl, then president of PZU (Insurance Comopany), in the case of the leak from the land scandal. He also took part in the investigation against cardiac surgeon Miroslaw G His appointment as a prosecutor was opposed by Warsaw prosecutors, who claimed that he did not guarantee impartiality and apoliticality.  Despite this, Andrzej Czuma, Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General, appointed him as a prosecutor in 2009.

Wilkoszewski's career received an extraordinary boost again when Ziobro became prosecutor general again in 2016. Wilkoszewski became the head of the Warsaw Regional Prosecutor's Office in no time at all (under him, the prosecutor's office was interested in registering the Lex Super Omnia association of prosecutors, which opposes the politicisation of the prosecutor's office). Then, in March 2017, he received an appointment as prosecutor of the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw and a delegation to the National Prosecutor's Office.

What does Wilkoszewski's takeover of a key unit in the prosecutor's office mean? Our interlocutors echo the views that have accompanied his appointment as a prosecutor from the beginning: he guarantees absolute loyalty to Zbigniew Ziobro.

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