Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Alleged rape victim testifies in political sex scandal

The court in Piotrkow Trybunalski, central Poland, will hear further witnesses in the sex scandal case in the Self-defense party.

Today the court will continue the hearing of Urszula K., who was allegedly raped by the former MP and deputy head of the Self-defense party, Stanislaw Lyzwinski,. The victim will resume testimony given on Monday during a six-hour hearing.

Further witnesses for the prosecution will also testify today.

The investigation into the Self-defense sex scandal was launched after Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza published an article in December 2006 based on the account of Aneta Krawczyk, former Self-defense member and former head of Lyzwinski's parliamentary office, now key witness and auxiliary prosecutor in the case.

The woman claims to have been offered the position for providing both Andrzej Lepper, head of Self-defense, and Stanislaw Lyzwinski with services of a sexual nature.
Lepper and Lyzwinski are now facing up to eight and ten years in prison respectively.