Sunday, December 02, 2007

Experts say arsonists set Polish official's car ablaze

Police were questioning witnesses on Tuesday after investigators said that arsonists set fire to a top anti-corruption official's car.

On Sunday, the private car of Julia Pitera, an official in the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, was found burning on the street in front of her home in a residential
district of Warsaw.

Two police experts said Tuesday it was a case of arson, according to police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski. He would not speculate about a motive.

Pitera, 54, a member of Tusk's Civic Platform party, is in charge of fighting corruption and abuse of power in state offices. Pitera told reporters Tuesday that she had no idea who could have set her car ablaze.

Tusk said he will consider assigning Pitera bodyguards, but she said she had not requested that.