Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Former Justice Minister witness in MP suicide case

Zbigniew Ziobro, the former Polish Minister of Justice, is to testify today at the Public Prosecutor’s office in Lodz, central Poland, as a witness in the investigation into the suicide of Barbara Blida.

The Democratic Left Alliance MP shot herself in April last year, when the Internal Security Agency (ABW) was searching her premises in connection with a corruption case.

The Blida’s family attorney, Leszek Piotrowski, thinks that Ziobro might be one of the most important witness in the case.

The investigation is to establish whether the ABW officers broke rules of search and detention during the arrest of the former MP. How was it possible for Blida to have a gun on her which the officers were unaware of.

Blida shot herself in the toilet while a female ABW officer was supposed to guard her. The prosecutors are also investigating the legitimacy of detaining the MP.

So far, the prosecutors interrogated, among others, former PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski, former Minister of Interior and Administration Janusz Kaczmarek and the former chief of police Konrad Kornatowski.