Monday, October 16, 2006

Prosecutor's Office to investigate political corruption

The District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw has launched an official investigation into the so-called ‘tapes of truth’ recorded by Renata Beger. The opposition SelfDefense MP had taped with a hidden camera her negotiations with two representatives of the ruling Law and Justice linked to the Prime Minister’s Office who had been promising her a high government post and financial aid at taxpayer’s expense in return for switching political sympathies to support the government. The prosecutors have already questioned Renata Beger but nobody has yet faced any charges in connection with the incident. However, it has been acknowledged that the case can be qualified as corruption, which carries a penalty of up to 12 year imprisonment for offenders. The tapes have been handed over to the Prosecutor’s Office by TVN, the commercial station which had initially aired the recordings almost three weeks ago.