Monday, November 10, 2008

Hooligans not victims…just hooligans

The regional court in Warsaw dismissed complaints by Legia fans regarding their arrests, reports Zycie Warszawy.

The paper highlighted the fact that the police had the right to arrest the rowdy football fans. The courts have only made it through several of the two hundred hearings. The fans were arrested in the beginning of September before the football match with the second Warsaw team, Polonia.

The Legia fans started rioting outside of the Polonia stadium and approximately 750 people were arrested. The paper writes that most of the arrested were just charged for hooliganism and disrupting the peace, while several dozen were charged with instigating the riot. Zycie Warszawy reports that several of the arrested have accused police of egging them on and then arresting them, and actually took these complaints to court. The courts, however, have thrown these complaints out, favouring the judgment of the police. (

Former head of the “Supreme Chamber of Control” (NIK), Miroslaw Sekula, and government agent in charge of fighting corruption, Julia Pitera, are preparing a new statue for NIK, whose current mission is to promote economic efficiency and effectiveness in public service through audits.

Nasz Dziennik writes that, in Sekula’s opinion, it is essential to provide some control over the appointment process of government employees. The proposed changes would give the director of NIK more power to make decisions. NIK is independent from the government yet fully subordinate to the Sejm, the lower house of parliament.

Both Janusz Wojciechowski, another former head of NIK, and Jacek Jezierski, current head of NIK, feel that the proposed changes are unsafe and can seriously affect the body politic. The paper writes that the second issue is the proposed change in the mode of control. Currently, the auditing unit checks political protocols and can make sure that they are constitutional, Nasz Dziennik reports that Sekula would like to shorten and simplify the whole procedure.

Rzeczpospolita writes that the Oncology Center in Bydgoszcz, in northern Poland, is ranked as the best public hospital in the country, according to the paper’s ranking in cooperation with the Center for the Monitoring of Quality in Health Care. The best public hospital for specialized care is the Centre for the Treatment of Burns in Siemianowice in the Slask region of southern Poland. The best private hospital is the Pleszew Medical Centre in central Poland. The paper ranked 256 hospitals in Poland. Sixty percent of the ranked hospitals improved their position and quality from previous rankings.