Death threats against Prime Minister Tusk investigated
PR dla Zagranicy
Police and intelligence services are investigating death threats against Prime Minister Donald Tusk connected with the impending trial of a Warsaw football 'hooligan', a Polish radio station reports.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk: photo - PAP/Radek Pietruszka
According to the commercial RMF FM station, three anonymous letters were received. Two were sent to the prime minister's home address, and the third to his chancellery.
The case has been taken up by the Appellate Prosecutor's Office in Gdansk. Meanwhile, Poland's Internal Security Agency (ABW) is attempting to track down the anonymous sender alongside police.
RMF FM claims that the threats were made by someone within the circle of Piotr. S, the informal leader of a group of fans of the Legia Warszawa football side.
Piotr. S (full name withheld under Polish privacy laws), is best known to fellow fans as Staruch (Old geezer), and is facing ten years behind bars on charges relating to the dealing of amphetamines.
He was released on bail this February, after paying a bail of 80,000 zloty (19,300 euro). However, prior to that, he spent eight months in prison awaiting trial, with a district court ruling that “there is a high probability that a crime will be committed [by the defendant].”
His arrest with 41 other people from the so-called 'Teddy Boys 95” gang for alleged drug trafficking was interpreted by some fans as a pretext to a general crackdown on potential hooligans prior to Poland's co-hosting of the Euro 2012. However, investigators denied that Piotr S.'s arrest was connected with the tournament.
According to RMF FM, the Government Protection Bureau (BOR) has not stepped up security around the prime minister.
Last November, an alleged plot to blow up parliament while the prime minister and the president were present was exposed with the arrest of Dr Brunon K., a lecturer at the Krakow Agricultural University. The man, who is awaiting trial, claimed in a statement released through his lawyer that he had wanted to punish “arrogant” politicians. (nh)
Source: RMF FM, PAP