Central bank president to face motion for Tribunal of State trial
June 27, 2014
Poland's main opposition party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS), will file a motion for taking central bank NBP governor Marek Belka to the Tribunal of State, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski told reporters.
"In the near future we will file a motion for taking president Belka in front of the Tribunal of State, as what he said and did qualifies for such a liability," Kaczynski said. "It's not related to political or personal dislikes, we are simply having to do with undisputable facts and we have to do this."
The motion is related to the release of taped recordings of Internal Affairs Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz and Belka, in which the two officials are heard discussing possibilities for central bank help in financing the budget should the economy fail to accelerate sufficiently to ensure governing party victory in the next elections.
On tape, Belka lists conditions, including the dismissal of the then-Finance Minister Rostowski and also says that an amendment to the NBP law would help him "get around" the Monetary Policy Council, to describe which he uses an expletive. Belka also makes vulgar jokes about MPC member Jerzy Hausner.
Belka has repeatedly said he will not resign, brushing off the recorded comments as a mere combination of his constitutional obligation to work with the government and the natural tendency of any career politician to feel strongly about political matters.
According to Belka, the constitutionally mandated "apolitical" nature of his post is rather guaranteed by the fact that he cannot be removed from office, he said in the media on June 24.