Sunday, August 16, 2009

Criminals turned informants report rampant corruption

Rzeczpospolita has revealed the findings of research which was carried out by former Deputy Interior Minister Zbigniew Rau.

The report includes the testimonies of two-thirds of the nearly 100 criminals who, in exchange for reduced penalties, have agreed to act as informants and testify against former partners in crime.

According to the report, 85% claim that the criminal group of which they were a member had a corrupt police officer working for them. A study from 2001 reported this figure at 96%. Moreover, one third of the criminals who participated in the research said that they have met a corrupt representative of higher authority, such as a Sejm deputy, Senator, Mayor or Minister.