A Warsaw judge, Tomasz Jaskłowski, was subjected to disciplinary action after his judgment in the “Gazeta Polska” cover case. A complaint against him was filed by the weekly’s editor-in-chief, Tomasz Sakiewicz, who had lost the trial, writes OKO.press.
Tomasz Jaskłowski, Judge at the District Court in Warsaw, was subjected to disciplinary measures in connection with his judgment issued in a lawsuit brought by Bartosz Kramek of the Open Dialogue Foundation. The proceedings concerned the weekly’s August 2017 cover, which featured Kramek as a Wehrmacht soldier, bearing the title: “A New September Campaign. We Know the Plans for the Autumn Coup”. The cover photo was a photoshopped image. The other Wehrmacht soldiers were given the faces of Ryszard Petru and Grzegorz Schetyna.
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Gazeta Polska Ed-in-Chief Sakiewicz loses case, files complaint against judge
The District Court of Warsaw ruled that Bartosz Kramek had been defamed and ordered an apology and payment of PLN 15 000 compensation in his favour plus a donation of PLN 10 000 to a non-profit organisation. The judgment was issued by Judge Tomasz Jaskłowski, writes OKO.press.
The judgment was upheld by the Court of Appeal in Warsaw and subsequently by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court issued its judgment in February 2023, and in June, four disciplinary measures were taken against the judge. The complaint with the disciplinary officer was filed by the Editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Polska, Tomasz Sakiewicz, reports the news service, pointing out that he was already the second judge of the District Court in Warsaw to be harassed for judgments unfavourable to Gazeta Polska. The first judge to be bullied was Andrzej Sterkowicz, against whom the newspaper launched a vicious campaign. As a result, the judge is now facing criminal charges.
Judge from Warsaw being prosecuted by disciplinary officer. “He used to be a Warsaw city councillor linked to Law and Justice.“
Judge Tomasz Jaskłowski is being hounded by a local disciplinary officer at the Court of Appeals in Warsaw. “[The disciplinary officer – ed.] is Mr Adam Jaworski, a neo-judge, who used to be a Warsaw city councillor linked to the Law and Justice,” explains OKO.press. He laid four disciplinary charges against the judge. Two of these charges are linked to the Kramek v. Gazeta Polska case, and other two are related to CHF loan lawsuits supervised by this judge. And they look like they were added together to make the charges against the judge seem more serious.”
According to the disciplinary officer, Judge Jaskłowski violated the judicial code of ethics. OKO.press lists the charges that have been brought by Mr Jaworski: The Warsaw judge dismissed a motion to hear the witnesses that Gazeta Polska wanted to summon, stating: “In my opinion, these witnesses are not needed. Hearing the parties [defendant and plaintiff – ed.] is not necessary, either.” Another problem was with the issuing of the judgment. Jaskłowski had said: “I can pass a judgment today. Well, I don’t care, but I may not pass any judgment either.”
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