The Minister of Justice was a guest at Danuta Holecka. He commented on the decision on the accelerated meeting of the National Court Register, where the new judges of the Supreme Court will be elected. In response to the accusation of the accused that the hearings of the candidates were secret, he stated that the candidates were not at all able to present their arguments and motives to the members of the Council. He noted that transparency has now been introduced: the sending of meetings of the new national register.
He also stated that "the national register behaves rationally", among other things to speed up filling vacancies in the newly formed SN Disciplinary Room. – KRS responds to the need of the moment in a situation of continuous obstruction – he emphasized. – We can not accept uncertainty about judges and prosecutors who commit abuses. The disciplinary room must be manned as quickly as possible – he said.
The case of the so-called Mafia usury
The Minister of Justice also referred to the case of the Gdańsk notaries, who participated in the process of granting usury loans and extorting real estate from people in a difficult life situation. In May, four notaries off the coast and one of Warsaw suspected of crimes related to providing usury and extortion of property from people were held in a difficult position. Notaries received a total of 120 complaints concerning, among other things, assistance with fraud and non-compliance with obligations to obtain financial gain.
Today, the Council of the Chamber of Notaries in Gdańsk issued a statement that it was impossible to prepare a request to initiate disciplinary proceedings against four suspects, because the prosecution made the documents anonymous.
"The courts were on the side of notaries, and the company was not on the job," Ziobro said, explaining that the case had previously been swept under the carpet. – That is why the state is needed – he emphasized. – In the matter of the so-called I am sure that the public prosecutor will suspend the right to exercise the profession with those notaries who are charged with their cooperation with this group – he assured.
Ziobro announces changes in criminal law
– The evidence in the case is very rich, there is a lot of damage. We can not put this on the agenda – the minister said. He noted that the issue of Gdańsk notaries began only after his intervention in April 2016. "In my opinion, the courts treat the suspects too mildly in this matter," he said. He also announced changes to criminal law, "that in such cases heavier decisions would be taken."
He noted that the attitude of the Chamber of Notaries of Gdańsk is "sad". – This issue will also be explained by us. The notarial chamber apparently escapes liability – he said. He added that "such business solidarity is unfortunately everywhere", recalling the example of the judge who stole components for the screwdriver, but he was not given the right to exercise the profession. According to Ziobro, therefore, the disciplinary chamber at the Supreme Court is necessary.
Case of Marek M.
– We have introduced a good change, we have shown that the state is not theoretical, does not turn away from the citizen – he said, commenting on the allegations for Marek M., the negative hero of the reprivatisation scandal.
– We are dealing with a similar situation as in Gdansk. The case was swept under the carpet. Intensive actions began after the merger of the function of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General – he said.
(kb, source: TVP, PAP)