Joachim Brudziński will have to apologise to the Open Dialogue Foundation and its founders for having implied on Twitter that the organisation is involved in money laundering. According to the judgment, which is not yet final, the chief of the Law and Justice (PiS) election staff must pay PLN 30 000 in compensatory damages. Interestingly enough, Brudziński’s attorney tried to convince the judge that his client’s tweet was … just gibberish.
The Court: Brudziński must apologise to Kozlovska and Kramek
The litigation concerned as event which took place four years ago. In 2019, during the EU parliamentary elections campaign, the then Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Joachim Brudziński posted a tweet suggesting that the Open Dialogue Foundation was engaged in money laundering. “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,” Brudzinski wrote at the time. This assertion was supposed to have been rooted in a report of the investigative committee of the then Moldovan parliament, which has since been withdrawn.
Now, as Onet reports, the court has ruled that the current chief of staff of the Law and Justice (PiS) party has thus violated the personal rights of the Open Dialogue Foundation and its founders Lyudmyla Kozlovska and her husband Bartosz Kramek. According to the judgment (which is not yet final), Brudziński must pay PLN 30 000 in compensatory damages and post an apology on Twitter, which is to remain visible for two months.
The judge found Brudzinski’s tweet to be “clearly offensive”. Interestingly enough, the Law and Justice (PiS) chief of staff’s attorney Adrian Salus adopted a rather startling line of defence. Given that some internet users assessed Brudziński’s tweet as “gibberish”, the attorney tried to convince the court that his client’s tweet was “so vague and incomprehensible that there is no reason to punish him for the tweet”. Let us recall that in 2022, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Maciej Wąsik and Law and Justice MEP Dominik Tarczyński heard similar judgments (not yet final) for suggesting connections between the Open Dialogue Foundation and Russia and money laundering.