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Prosecutors to probe Speaker’s expenses

PR dla Zagranicy
John Beauchamp 15.12.2014 13:30
Speaker Radoslaw Sikorski’s parliamentary expenses ought to be investigated, Public Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet has decided.

From right: Interior Minister Teresa Piotrowska, Speaker Radoslaw Sikorski and the local leader of the Potęgowo gmnia, Dawid Litwin during a Civic Platform convention in Warsaw, 12.12.2014 Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

“The refusal to investigate Radoslaw Sikorski’s parliamentary expense claims was premature,” a spokesperson for the prosecutor general told the Polish Press Agency (PAP). “This decision will be communicated to the Warsaw prosecutor’s office [Monday].”

Speaker Sikorski’s claims for fuel expenses came under the spotlight after three opposition MPs were expelled from the Law and Justice (PiS) party for alleged expense fraud.

The MPs in question claimed fuel expenses for a trip to Madrid but were then found to have flown on a budget airline. A fourth MP has resigned his membership of PiS since on similar grounds.

As foreign minister over 2007-2014 Sikorski claimed expenses for roughly 90,000 kilometres driven on parliamentary business.

The tabloid Fakt reported, however, that his private car only registered a third of that mileage and Sikorski was known to mostly use his company car from the ministry.

The public prosecutor will also investigate claims that Sikorski’s birthday party was illegally financed by the ministry of defence. (an/jb)

tags: fraud, Sikorski
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