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“Our state is no longer theoretical,” says Ziobro

Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro criticized the previous Civic Platform government’s methods of fighting corruption. “Today, our state is no longer theoretical. It works practically, efficiently and quickly,” says the minister commenting on the KNF corruption scandal.

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“We had acted immediately, and our actions visibly differ from what was happening during the previous PO government,” Ziobro argued in an interview with TVP. The minister referred to the recent corruption scandal in Poland’s Financial Supervision Authority (KNF). 

Ziobro compared the KNF scandal with that of Amber Gold during PO reign. “When the notification was received by the Prosecutor’s Office concerning Amber Gold, it had been two and half years, not two days, before an investigation was conducted.” 

When the notification was received by the Prosecutor’s Office concerning Amber Gold, it had been two and half years, not two days, before an investigation was conducted

In response to criticism from PO politicians for not creating a committee of inquiry concerning the KNF scandal, Ziobro said that “there is no basis for creating such a committee, since the Prosecutor’s Office and the CBA [Central Anti-Corruption Bureau] are fulfilling their job very well.” 

“Really, how insolent can you be?,” Ziobro added, commenting on PO accusations of the state is delaying in its investigation of the KNF. 

He commended the work of the state, claiming that it is “no longer theoretical” and “operates practically, efficiently and quickly. What’s more, the state works in a broader context in this case.” 

The minister compared the situation to a “historical giggle” as “PO wants a committee of inquiry, calls the state malfunctioning, whereas the state is working exemplary.”