President Andrzej Duda discussed the topic of pardons in an interview for “Super Express”. He talked not only about Kamiński and Wąsik, but also Ziemkiewicz and Ogórek.
President Duda decided to discuss at length the issue of pardons and his approach to them. He said he carefully looks at each such case before making a decision. – In addition to objective criteria, I am also guided by my own sense of the matter. I simply read the files very carefully and analyze pardon cases. I examine each one separately and think deeply about each one, he assured.
President Duda on the Ogórek and Ziemkiewicz case
– Please believe me that I carefully analyze each such case. And not once. Usually several times before I decide to exercise the right of grace – towards this or that person. I do this to get to know the matter well and to consider all its aspects. This is not an easy task for me, as it may seem. That is why I use the law of grace much less frequently than my predecessors, he argued.
Andrzej Duda referred to the case of Magdalena Ogórek and Rafał Ziemkiewicz, convicted of defamation under Art. 212 of the Penal Code. He emphasized that it should only cover drastic cases. – I think it’s being overused. For this reason, among others, I decided to apply the law of pardon to those convicted under Art. 212 – admitted.
Andrzej Duda about Kamiński and Wąsik
This topic included a question about the case of Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik. – I have already appealed to Minister Adam Bodnar because I created conditions for him to stop both men from serving their prison sentences. Unfortunately, he doesn’t take advantage of this. This is shocking to me. I consider this a brutal way of putting the matter, Duda commented.
As he emphasized, in his opinion the first pardon of both PiS politicians is still in force. – In my opinion and in the opinion of the Constitutional Tribunal, it was admissible. But I am primarily interested in effectiveness. Although there is some risk from the legal side and I am aware that I will be attacked by them. For me, the most important thing is that Mariusz Kamiński’s life and health do not suffer, declared the president.
– Today, Mariusz Kamiński is in a very difficult health situation, he is constantly on hunger strike. Maciej Wąsik is also on hunger strike. I wish this would be stopped. If this can only be stopped by me simply pardoning them again, simply to save them, then I will do so.