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Judge Igor Tuleya is being persecuted for allowing the media to record the justification of his verdict concerning irregularities in the 2016 parliamentary vote. According to prosecution authorities, Mr. Tuleya abused his powers and disclosed the secret of the investigation. Should the prosecutor’s office succeed in bringing the charges, the judge might be facing up to two years in prison.
Many lawyers who support Mr. Tuleya agree with his opinion that the actions taken by the prosecution are unlawful because his immunity has not been effectively revoked yet.
Last week, the judge has been summoned to appear in front of the prosecutor for the third time, but again refused to attend the hearing. - I will not participate in illegal activities. I will never voluntarily participate in an illegal interrogation- Mr. Tuleya said while standing in front of the prosecutor's office.
On Friday, the National Public Prosecutor's Office announced that it will ask the Supreme Court for permission to bring Judge Tuleya to testify with the help of law enforcement authorities. On Monday, a motion in this case was submitted to the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. - A judge will be appointed to consider the prosecution's request. After that, a date for a hearing will be determined- Piotr Falkowski, the spokesperson for the Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Chamber, told the Polish Press Agency.
As reported by OKO.press, the prosecutor who signed the request is Czesław Stanisławczyk. He works in the internal affairs division of the National Public Prosecutor's Office, which is a special department established by the ruling Law and Justice party to prosecute judges and prosecutors. Mr. Stanisławczyk has been working there for a little over a year. The unit is limited to people the ruling camp considers trustworthy and loyal. Refusing to toe the party line can lead to being dismissed at any given moment. It is directly overseen by the National Prosecutor’s Office head of management Bogdan Święczkowski- a trustee of the Justice Minister and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro.
According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, Judge Tuleya can avoid detention if he chooses to appear at the hearing voluntarily, instead of "meeting with journalists in front of the prosecutor’s headquarters."
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