Polish financial regulator quits but denies corruption
PR dla Zagranicy
The head of Poland’s financial market regulator said on Tuesday he was quitting after claims that he had asked one of the country’s richest men for a bribe.
Marek Chrzanowski. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński
But Marek Chrzanowski, the head of Poland’s Financial Supervision Authority (KNF), denied corruption, adding that the allegations were part of a scheme to discredit him.
The Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported on Tuesday that Leszek Czarnecki, the owner of Getin Noble Bank, had alleged that Chrzanowski offered him favourable treatment in return for about PLN 40 million (EUR 9.3 million, USD 10.5 million).
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has demanded an urgent explanation, summoning Chrzanowski to a meeting on Wednesday, a senior official said.
The Financial Supervision Authority earlier denied that Chrzanowski had asked for a bribe, and claimed that the report by Gazeta Wyborcza was untrue.
In a statement, the authority said Chrzanowski had “taken legal steps in connection with false accusations put forward by Mr. Czarnecki and in connection with defamation” aimed at undermining public trust in the head of the financial market regulator.
Michał Dworczyk, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that “there will be no leniency" if the allegations against Chrzanowski proved true.