Lynch Mob Attacks, Kills Man

August 7, 2014
Caught But Too Late

Caught But Too Late

Five men are suspected of having tortured a drunk 25-year-old, who caused a car collision in Bełchatów. They are facing up to ten years in prison. “On Sunday, around 2:30 a.m., a 25-year-old inhabitant of Silesia caused a car collision in his Ford Mondeo in a parking lot on Edwardów Street. The driver of the other vehicle was a 28-year-old woman also from Bełchatów,” according to Sławomir Szymański, Press Officer of Bełchatów Police. According to the woman’s statement, the perpetrator looked drunk. Whilst talking to the Mondeo driver, some unknown men walked over to them and started a fight with the 25-year-old man. They hit him, kicked him, and jumped on him. When he lost consciousness, the men ran away. Police officers, who were called to the incident, attempted to resuscitate the man, but unfortunately he died on his way to the hospital due to the severe injuries he had sustained. Tests showed that he was intoxicated. Thankfully, police stopped the perpetrators of the crime within just a few minutes of their attack on the man. They were a 31-year-old inhabitant of Bełchatów, a 39-year-old inhabitant of Drużbice, and three inhabitants of Zduńska Wola aged 28, 29 and 34. All of them, bar the 29-year-old, were intoxicated. Police are now investigating the reasons behind the crime.
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Poland Helped CIA

August 2, 2014
CIA Prison in Poland

CIA Prison in Poland

The Süddeutsche Zeitung has reported that Poland helped the CIA and now has to answer for it. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Poland broke the European Human Rights Convention in helping the Central Intelligence Agency render two terror suspects. This judgement violates the democratic and libertarian tradition of the Polish nation. The Warsaw correspondent of SZ Klaus Brill points out that the name of U.S. President George W. Bush is associated with “two terrible wars and a number of further cases which his successor Barack Obama is still trying to deal with.” This includes Guantanamo, “a synonym for the violation of the fundamental principles of the rule of law.” As we read in SZ, secret CIA operations involved the deportation of people who were under suspicion of terrorism to other countries, followed by interviewing and torturing them in these countries. According to the German journalist, 54 governments were involved in such operations, including Syria, but also three EU states: Poland, Lithuania and Romania. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on 24 July that seven violations on the European Convention on Human Rights had been committed by Poland.
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LOT Passengers Afraid of Ukraine

July 26, 2014
No Ukraine Fly

No Ukraine Fly

The last days saw the unspeakable horror of the Malaysian aircraft disaster in which 295 people lost their lives. The plane was shot down during a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. While the culprit of the disaster still remains unknown, Polish citizens who often visit Ukraine are becoming increasingly scared of crossing the Polish-Ukrainian border. Many customers of LOT Polish Airlines have already bought tickets to Ukraine, but are now wondering whether they should stay in Poland. In order to calm their fears, a LOT spokesperson claims that there are no flights near the danger zone in Ukraine. Those passengers, however, who are travelling to Odessa, Lviv or Kiev within the next few days can change the date of their flight without any additional fees. This procedure is applicable only for tickets for flights scheduled between 17 July and 15 August. Passengers who have such tickets can choose another date within a 12-month period. This will enable LOT customers to avoid unnecessary stress during their journey. Nevertheless, to pacify those who have to fly to Poland’s eastern neighbour and are still afraid, LOT stresses that the area that is now rife with separatists is not included on its flight paths. Even flights to Far Eastern countries do not fly over the danger zone in Eastern Ukraine. Those who are flying to Moscow or Tbilisi should not be anxious: the flight paths are also safe. Passengers who want to change the date of their flight should visit the LOT official website. What is more, special telephone lines have been activated for those who do not have access to the internet.
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Hospital Fined for Denying Abortion

July 7, 2014
Bogdan Chazan

Bogdan Chazan

Health Minister Bartosz Arłukowicz has informed the public that the Polish National Health Service (NFZ) has fined a Warsaw hospital nearly PLN 70,000 for refusing to help a heavily pregnant woman. The patient was deprived of sufficient care and was not properly examined despite the fact that her pregnancy was high risk. What is more, when it became clear that the foetus had serious birth defects, the woman was denied an abortion, which she was legally entitled to. The head of the hospital, Bogdan Chazan, refused to perform the procedure, invoking the so-called clause of conscience. Polish law allows for such situations on the condition that the patient will be directed to another doctor who can perform the denied procedure; furthermore, the clause only applies if there is no immediate risk to a patient’s life. As the Minister of Health pointed out, the clause of conscience is not meant to be used by an entire medical facility, as was the case with the fined hospital. He added that when Chazan failed to inform the pregnant woman about her options, letting his religious convictions interfere with performing his duties, he broke the law; consequently, the local prosecutor’s office and other appropriate institutions will be notified.
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Jail Sentence for Racial Slurs

July 3, 2014
White Power

White Power

The District Court in Białystok has sentenced 38-year-old Adam Cz. to six months in prison for posting a video of himself making racist comments about a mixed ethnicity couple on the internet. The couple in question partook in the “Białystok is my home” campaign, promoting racial tolerance. The accused took offence both to the citizen of India calling Białystok his home and to his Polish wife whom Adam Cz. called a “traitor of the white race”. Due to the fact that the accused committed similar offences in the past, the court decided to impose an immediate custodial sentence. District judge Barbara Paszkowska noted that statements such as “we will do everything in our power to make sure that this man goes back to where he came from” or “Białystok is not this man’s home” go beyond what might be understood as exercising one’s right to freedom of speech. The accused maintained his innocence throughout the trial and denied inciting racial hatred. According to Adam Cz., he is the victim and the prison sentence is a warning to anyone who wants to “tell the truth” to make them keep their mouth shut.
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Crazy BMW Driver Caught

July 3, 2014
Caught At Last

Caught At Last

According to a police witness, it was Robert N. who was sitting behind the wheel of the white BMW M3 as it raced through the streets of Warsaw on 5 June. Experts say that he was driving over 200 km/h. Despite a number of promises made by the police, prosecutors, and even the Prime Minister, nobody has been charged in the case yet. Currently, prosecutors are trying to determine whether the numerous charges that Robert N. faced in the past were rightfully dismissed. The man, nicknamed “Frog”, was detained by the police for two days and subsequently set free as the prosecutors did not ask for him to be remanded. He is being charged with seven offences that include using forged documents and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm; however, none of the charges pertain to him racing through the streets of Warsaw in a BMW. Robert Rynkun-Werner, the driver’s attorney, maintains that his client is innocent. According to the attorney, the police want to capitalise on people’s interest in the case in order to get good publicity while turning Robert N. into a gangster-like figure.
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Drunken Female Captain

July 2, 2014
MOPR

Mazury Rescue

Mazury Rescue Service (MOPR) lifeguards and policemen from Giżycko had to intervene when a 24-year-old decided to captain a yacht while intoxicated. There were eight people on the yacht when it keeled over just as it was leaving a port in Giżycko. The whole crew fell into the water but luckily no one was hurt. Police officers received information about the incident on Niegocin Lake from MOPR lifeguards and moved to investigate what had happened. After determining the captain was drunk, the female resident of Rybnik will now be charged with captaining a boat while intoxicated.
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