Poland: Close associate of Donald Tusk arrested

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Sławomir Nowak, the transport and construction minister in the Civic Platform (PO) and Polish People’s Party (PSL) coalition administration, led by former Prime Minister Donald Tusk, has been arrested.

Nowak was arrested together with Dariusz Z, a former commander of the crack commando unit “GROM” and Jacek P., a businessman from Gdańsk,

According to the public prosecutors, the arrest of Nowak is the result of an international investigation conducted by Polish and Ukrainian prosecutors and the Polish and Ukrainian anti-corruption agencies, CBA and NABU, which investigate cross border crime.

The former minister was transported from Gdańsk to Warsaw where he was being questioned by the prosecutor.

He is to be charged with six offenses that took place during his three years reign as chief of the Ukrainian Road Service, known as Ukravtodor. According to Stanisław Żaryn, the spokesman of the coordinator of Poland’s secret services, the investigation is still continuing in both Poland and Ukraine.