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Row Over Investigation Committee
January 9, 2008   
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The lower house of parliament has set up a committee to investigate the death of former Democratic Left Alliance deputy and former construction minister Barbara Blida, who committed suicide in April when Internal Security Agency (ABW) officers arrived at her house to carry out a search and arrest her. Blida was suspected of corrupt practices linked to the coal industry.

In total 281 deputies Dec. 19 backed a motion to establish the committee, with five against and 140 abstentions. The committee will investigate whether the ABW operation in Blida's house was legal.

The committee will also examine whether moves by the prosecutor's office aimed at drawing up charges against Blida were legal.

Deputies rejected the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party's proposal to expand the scope of the committee's work to cover the entire so-called coal scandal. The PiS caucus also wanted all the committee's meetings to be public, but this was opposed by a majority of deputies.

The committee will comprise seven deputies. Its composition has caused a political row. The opposition Left and Democrats (LiD) are opposed to Beata Kempa, nominated by PiS, sitting on the committee because she was deputy justice minister in former Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński's PiS-led government, which was in power when Blida died.
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