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Gdansk court chairman faces charges over Amber Gold scandal
September 17, 2012   
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Ryszard Milewski
Justice Minister Jaroslaw Gowin wants to dismiss the head judge of a district court in the coastal city of Gdansk Ryszard Milewski, who is suspected of discussing hearings into Poland's Amber Gold scandal with a government official.

According to the daily Gazeta Polska Codziennie a journalist introducing himself as an official from the Prime Minister’s Chancellery telephoned Milewski September 6 to discuss a court hearing concerning Marcin P. (name withheld under Polish law), former head of the Amber Gold investment firm whose bankruptcy last month set off a major fraud and corruption affair. At some point, the PM’s son, Michal Tusk, worked for a firm controlled by Amber Gold.

According to a recording quoted by the daily Milewski asked the official for instructions for the pending court hearing on complaints lodged against Marcin P.'s current detention.

Following the report Poland's main opposition Law and Justice (PiS) accused the country’s judiciary of disposability towards the government. PiS said a parliamentary commission needs to be set up to investigate the Amber Gold affair, as there is suspicion that the ruling party has something to hide.

On September 11 the Gdansk prosecution launched inquiries into the Milewski case. If found guilty, he may face an 8-year prison term.

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