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July 29, 2011   
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Indictment in ‘Political Murder’ Case
Prosecutors July 18 sent to court an indictment against a 63-year-old man who is accused of shooting an official dead in the ŁódĽ headquarters of the Law and Justice (PiS) party last year and of wounding another victim with a knife. Prosecutors believe that the murder was committed for political reasons.

The suspect, named only as Ryszard C., faces a life jail sentence if convicted, the toughest penalty under Polish law.

On October 19, 2010, an attacker entered the PiS offices in the center of ŁódĽ armed with a pistol and knife, and started shooting at Marek Rosiak, an assistant to Euro MP Janusz Wojciechowski, killing him on the spot. The attacker then pulled out a knife and stabbed Paweł Kowalski, an assistant to Polish parliamentary deputy Jarosław Jagiełło from PiS, several times. The attacker was overpowered by a municipal police patrol alerted by passers-by. Witnesses said the attacker shouted that he wanted to kill PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński and to shoot PiS members dead.

Psychiatrists concluded that the attacker had been sane during the attack.

Ex-Minister Sentenced in Media Law Case
Aleksandra Jakubowska, a former deputy culture minister and head of ex-prime minister Leszek Miller’s political office, was July 19 given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for two years over irregularities during the process of preparing a media law in 2002.

Jakubowska, one of the most popular left-wing politicians in the 1990s, was handed the sentence after her second trial. A not-guilty verdict from her first trial was revoked in 2008.

Jakubowska was charged with exceeding her powers and acting against the public interest by illegally changing a provision in a government-proposed bill amending the law on the media. The provision, concerning the privatization of regional television, had been changed in such a way that privatization would be impossible.

Jakubowska said she had tried to protect the public media against privatization. “Better to be accused of trying to prevent the privatization of the public media than of opening a loophole enabling their acquisition by private companies,” she said, adding that she would appeal against her sentence.

In the dock together with Jakubowska were former officials of the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) and Culture Ministry. They were sentenced to three and six months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, respectively. The court also banned them from holding central and local governmental posts for two years.
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