Sunday, July 20, 2008

I did inform prosecutor of Sopot corruption allegations, says Tusk

Donald Tusk has vehemently opposed accusations by Law and Justice (PiS) politicians that he failed to inform the prosecutor's office about the fact that the mayor of Sopot, northern Poland, had allegedly committed corruption.

PM Tusk stressed that a day after property deal corruption allegations concerning Mayor Jacek Karnowski reached him, he forwarded the case to Minister of Justice Zbigniew Cwiakalski. The next day he was informed that the prosecutor's office had already started investigating the case.

Tusk said explicitly, Tuesday, that he was very interested in the case being thoroughly examined, adding that Karnowski should resign as Sopot's mayor if he is indeed indicted.

A couple of days ago Karnowski suspended his party membership in Tusk’s party, the ruling Civic Platform (PO). However, Tusk is of the opinion that Karnowski should leave the party altogether and announced that he would lobby for having Karnowski removed as a member, as his conduct was dubious, to say the least.

The Polish daily Rzeczpospolita published, Monday, a transcript of a conversation between a Sopot entrepreneur and Mayor Jacek Karnowski, in which he demanded two apartments in exchange for issuing a permit to rebuild a historic tenant house.