The detention of Bartosz Kramek, the husband of the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, by the Internal Security Agency, has caused an outrage. Mateusz Morawiecki, Zbigniew Ziobro and Mariusz Kamiński received an international appeal for the release of the human rights activist, to which the spokesman for the minister coordinator of special services Stanisław Żaryn wrote back. The content of the letter shocked its addressees, reports Onet.
Let us recall that the Foundation has announced that Bartosz Kramek was detained on June 23 by order of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin. “The nature of the allegations indicates that the arrest is related to the activities of the ODF. We regard this as another act of political persecution of the Foundation by institutions subordinate to the PiS party,” commented the organisation.
The Foundation stressed that Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s husband flew to Poland for a subsequent hearing in the case of protection of personal rights against Wojciech Biedroń. The Open Dialogue points out that “they have been targeted by the power camp for criticising those in power since 2017”. The National Security Agency has been analysing the organisation’s finances since 2018. “There is also a number of other government agencies’ proceedings against us. So far, all of them have been settled in our favour. And it will be so now. We operate legally. We will not be intimidated,” concludes the ODF.
TVP Info reports that the investigation into Kramek’s case concerns irregularities in money transfers of the Open Dialogue Foundation. The Customs and Revenue Office in Łódź investigated what taxes the organisation paid for 2014–2016. The spokesman for the Minister Coordinator of Special Services Stanisław Żaryn explained that Kramek is suspected of false statements and money laundering. The list of donors in the official documentation was said not to correspond to reality.
The letter in defence of Bartosz Kramek
According to Onet, Mateusz Morawiecki, Zbigniew Ziobro and Mariusz Kamiński have received an international appeal for the release of the human rights activist. The signatories included, among others, Mark Demesmaeker, Belgian senator and former Member of the European Parliament, Roberto Rampi, Italian senator and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Prof. Kim Scheppele, political scientist at Princeton University in the US.
The spokesman for the minister coordinator of special services, Stanisław Żaryn, replied to the letter. Onet reports that in the letter, Żaryn argues that the Internal Security Agency’s actions were justified and doubts that the letter’s addressees were aware of the details of the proceedings against Kramek. However, the addressees interviewed by Onet are said to be shocked that the special services, instead of the court, are speaking about the accusations against the activist.