Prosecutors notified after one Polish MEP slaps another in face
July 14, 2014
Foreign Ministry has notified prosecutors about an incident that happened during a meeting with MEPs at the ministry’s building in Warsaw when a political maverick and MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke slapped another Polish MEP Michał Boni in the face, Foreign Ministry said in a press release posted on its website.
“At the beginning of the meeting an unacceptable incident happened involving the violation of bodily inviolability of MEP Michał Boni by MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke”, the statement read.
The aim of the meeting was to work out the best ways to cooperate with all the MEPs, irrespective of their political affiliation, to jointly advance Polish interests in the European Union, Foreign Ministry said.
"Korwin-Mikke told reporters that he had hit me in the face allegedly for an insult committed back in 1991," Boni, a MEP from the ruling party Civil Platform (PO), former Minister of Administration and Digital Technologies.
Korwin-Mikke is the leader of the conservative liberal and Eurosceptic New Right Congress, which received just over 7% of the vote during European Parliament elections on Poland on May 25. Before being elected as an MEP he had said that the “European Commission building in Brussels should be turned into brothel”.
Korwin-Mikke told TVN24 broadcaster that the incident in the Foreign Ministry building dated back to a row he had had with Boni in 1992.
“It was a symbolic slap,” he said adding that he did it in a secret place in the residence of the Foreign Ministry, “where men of honor were present." "And I thought the only consequence will be my meeting Boni's seconds.