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ZUS Chief Held on Bribe Charges
September 30, 2009   
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Four individuals suspected of involvement in a corruption scandal at Poland's social security authority (ZUS) will remain in custody for three months pending trial, following a ruling by a district court in the northwestern city of Szczecin Sept. 10.

Withholding full names, officials named the suspects as Sylwester R., who was fired as ZUS chief after he was detained by investigators, ZUS Szczecin branch director Tadeusz S., Szczecin branch investment division manager Leszek S., and businessman Henryk M.

The court did not order the detention of a fifth suspect, ZUS Szczecin branch deputy director Jan A., who is the only one to have pleaded guilty.

The former ZUS chief faces six corruption charges involving accepting bribes, making him liable to a prison term of up to 10 years, a court spokeswoman said. He is charged with accepting money and financial benefits in the form of a stay at a vacation resort and having a car serviced in exchange for terminating debt collection proceedings.

The men's lawyers said they would appeal against the court's ruling.

Internal Security Agency (ABW) officers arrested Sylwester R. and the other men involved in the corruption scandal Sept. 8, acting on order from the Szczecin prosecutor's office, which began investigating the case in June last year.
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