PGNiG deputy CEO suspended over leaked tape
June 20, 2014
Poland’s natural gas giant PGNiG suspended deputy CEO for corporate affairs Andrzej Parafianowicz, entangled in the recent scandal alongside former Transport Minister Slawomir Nowak, the firm's supervisory board decided on Wednesday, PGNiG said in a filing.
The supervisory board suspended Parafianowicz "in connection with the need to clarify some issues related to his statements on the company that were published," the filing reads.
Parafianowicz and Nowak were featured in one of the taped recordings published Monday by the weekly Wprost. Parafianowicz, a former deputy Finance Minister, reportedly offered to help tone down a tax investigation into Nowak's wife.
Parafinowicz was also recorded discussing construction of Poland's LNG gas terminal, where he said major delays are likely well beyond what has been admitted publicly.
Commenting on the scandal, PM Donald Tusk said Monday he believed Parafianowicz should lose his job at PGNiG. The Prosecutor General has launched a criminal investigation following publication of the conversation transcript.
Parafianowicz, in turn, denied having exerted any influence on tax inspection services in general and in relation to Nowak's wife in particular and claims to have "never violated company interests."