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Row Over Party Debts
February 20, 2008   
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Prosecutors are expected to probe allegations that Wojciech Jasiński, treasury minister in the previous, Law and Justice (PiS) government, improperly canceled debts of the Centrum Alliance (PC), the former party of brothers Lech and Jarosław Kaczyński.

Jasiński canceled what he said was the PC's irrecoverable debt of zl.700,000 four days after last year's election that brought a change of government. Current Treasury Minister Aleksander Grad has ordered an investigation.

Bronisław Komorowski, speaker of the Sejm and a Civic Platform (PO) politician, says the zl.700,000 is "the tip of the iceberg." Komorowski has accused the PC of taking over state property for peanuts in the early 1990s, an operation that made the party's activists rich, he has claimed. The leader of the Left and Democrats (LiD) grouping, Wojciech Olejniczak, claims ex-minister Jasiński abused his power to benefit his political colleagues. "At a time when everyone knew that Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński's government was being ousted from power for good, minister Jasiński made a financial decision benefiting Kaczyński's circle," Olejniczak commented.

Jasiński has said his decision was legal as "standard procedure in a situation where the indebted entity in question, such as a political party or association, doesn't exist."
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