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May 31, 2012   
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Poland Unhappy at Spending Millions on Afghan Army
Poland has “limited enthusiasm” for a proposal by the United States that Warsaw should spend $20 million a year on financing the Afghan army after 2014, President Bronisław Komorowski has said. “We are open to arguments but we have limited enthusiasm for such a proposal,” Komorowski said.

Washington wants its allies taking part in the international operation in Afghanistan to jointly contribute some $1.3 billion a year to maintain that country’s security forces. NATO forces are due to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014.

Ex-PO Deputy Convicted of Corruption
Ex Civic Platform (PO) deputy Beata Sawicka was May 16 sentenced by a Warsaw court to three years in jail for corruption, after a controversial case in which the security services were accused of using dirty tricks to discredit the former government’s opponents.

Adding piquancy to the scandal, Sawicka claimed she had been seduced and exploited by a Central Anticorruption Office (CBA) agent who posed as a businessman and who handed her a zl.100,000 bribe in a sting operation.

Sawicka was detained in 2007, accused of accepting the money in return for fixing a bidding procedure involving real estate on the Hel Peninsula, an attractive vacation spot on the Baltic coast.

Leading PO politicians claimed that the operation against Sawicka, which hit the headlines shortly before the 2007 parliamentary elections, was designed to damage the party, which was then in opposition.

Sawicka was promptly kicked out of the Civic Platform. The PO went on to win the elections that year, ousting the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party from government.

The Warsaw court said the CBA operation had not been politically motivated.

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