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Polish journalists bought buildings linked to restitution scandal: report

PR dla Zagranicy
Victoria Bieniek 28.02.2018 12:03
Journalists from Polish private television stations TVN and Polsat have purchased apartments in restituted Warsaw buildings, according to a report by state broadcaster TVP.
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High-profile journalists including TVN's Monika Olejnik, Polsat presenter Jarosław Gugała and Monika Jaruzelska, the daughter of communist-era leader Wojciech Jaruzelski, purchased apartments in tenement buildings in Warsaw’s Nabielaka, Szucha and Mokotowska streets, TVP reported.

Jaruzelska bought her Szucha street apartment from a lawyer named by TVP as Alina T, who in turn purchased it from the family of her client, Władysław Ciastoń, whom she defended in a trial over the murder of anti-communist Solidarity chaplain Jerzy Popiełuszko, TVP reported.

TVP also said that Alina T was the mother of Jakub R, a former deputy director at a now-defunct real estate management office at Warsaw City Hall.

Meanwhile, according to TVP, Gugała bought an apartment in the same building where Jolanta Brzeska had lived.

Brzeska became the face of a movement in Poland’s so-called restitution scandal after she was threatened with eviction and had her rent raised several times, along with other residents of her building when the property, which had been confiscated by communist authorities, was handed over to descendants of its pre-war owners.

Brzeska died in 2011 as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and extensive burns to her body.

The investigation into her unexplained death was suspended in 2013 and relaunched in 2016. (vb/pk)

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