Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ziobro convicted

Former Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro may have to apologize publicly for the defamation of a cardiac surgeon Dr. Miroslaw G.

The district court in Krakow ordered Ziobro, currently a member of Parliament, to issue an apology on TVP, TVN and Polsat during prime time, after the evening news. The former minister was also ordered to pay zl.7,000 in compensation.
During a press conference after the March 2007 arrest of Dr. Miroslaw G., who was at that time suspected of murder and corruption, Zbigniew Ziobro said, referring to the surgeon, "no person will ever be deprived of life by this man again."

Ziobro's defense was that his words had been taken out of the context and misinterpreted. He also blamed the media for exaggerated coverage of this case. The court's verdict may still be appealed. "The court didn't give me a chance to show my evidence or listen to my witness testimony," said Zbigniew Ziobro upon exiting the court building, announcing his appeal.