Thursday, October 18, 2007

Polish president sues magazine

President Lech Kaczynski is going to sue Newsweek Poland for libel over an article, which claimed that the Polish head of state kept in regular contact with businessmen Ryszard Krauze, suspected of involvement in large scale corruption, says the Presidential Chancellery.

Krauze left the country two months ago when it emerged that the Anti-Corruption Bureau wanted to question him about various matters, including his involvement in alleged corruption in the Agricultural Minister – an issue that led to the sacking of ministers from the government, including the now ex-PM Andrzej Lepper.

According to Newsweek, the president has been sharing information with Krauze about the special services' interest in his activities.

The Presidential Chancellery is denying Newsweek's allegations and has announced the President will seek justice in court.

Krauze was last seen by journalists in Zurich in Switzerland. The alleged corruption scandal led to the break up of the ruling coalition and the announcement of the election in Poland scheduled for October 21.