Joachim Brudziński, a Law and Justice’s MEP, and chief of the party’s electoral campaign has lost a lawsuit for violation of the personal rights of the Open Dialogue Foundation and its founders i.e. Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek. The dispute revolved around his Twitter posts.
In 2019, Joachim Brudzinski — the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration at the time — tweeted: “Hi, defenders of the ‘Euro-Kazakh’ crooks famous for ‘shutting down the government’. Do you know you are useful idiots? Do you realise that December’s ‘miraculous resurrection’ of Mr. D. and the Rossmann candles were funded with laundered money? I don’t think that Lusia and her tolerant husband are likely to get the Nobel Prize“.
As Onet.pl reminds us, the claims that the Open Dialogue Foundation would allegedly engage in money laundering, are the outcome of a report drafted in 2018 by a special investigative committee of the then Moldovan parliament. The Moldovan parliament was then dominated by various groups of oligarchs, which accused ODF of being involved in illegal funding of opposition parties. This year, however, Moldova has pulled back from the report, deeming it a “stain on the conscience of Moldovan parliamentary democracy”.
The court has found that the personal rights of both Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek and ODF have been clearly violated. It has also deemed Brudzinski’s tweet as “manifestly offensive”.
Brudziński is to pay PLN 30 thousand in compensation and publish his apology on Twitter, where it is to remain on display for two months.