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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Father Hits Baby

July 1, 2014
Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

The baby girl was struck by her father. She has some bruising and a damaged skull. “The doctor who analysed her in the Kalisz hospital said that the five-month-old baby girl had signs of physical abuse,” says Sgt. Anna Jaworska-Wojnicz, a Kalisz police spokeswoman. The perpetrator is a 43-year-old resident of Kalisz, the father of the baby. According to Radio Mercury in Poznań, investigators report that the father hit the girl in the head while she was being fed, because she was crying. The man was charged with assault on Saturday by the prosecutor’s office. What is more, he has already been in trouble with the police and has been convicted before. This time, he could face five years in prison for assault.
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Archbishop Defrocked for Child Abuse

June 28, 2014
Wesołowski - Disgusting

Wesołowski – Disgusting

Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, the former ambassador of the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, has been defrocked following an investigation conducted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The ex-nuncio’s problems started when a Dominican TV station broadcasted a reportage which showed Wesołowski frequenting areas known for child prostitution. The Vatican quickly recalled its ambassador and subsequently rejected both Dominican and Polish applications for extradition. Church officials argued that Wesołowski was a citizen of the Vatican and as such could only be tried there. What is more, Wesołowski was protected by diplomatic immunity, which made starting criminal proceedings against him impossible. The decision to defrock him opens the door for criminal prosecutors in the Vatican, but possibly also for Polish ones to begin proceedings against him. The Warsaw prosecutor’s office informed the media that the ruling presently had no impact on the Polish investigation into Wesołowski; however, as soon as prosecutors receive a formal notice, the legal situation of the ex-nuncio will be re-evaluated. According to the media, evidence collected by Dominican prosecutors includes medical opinions, the testimonies of five children, and a statement made by deacon Francisco Javier Occis Reyes, who allegedly had sexual relations with Wesołowski and probably knew about the former archbishop’s crimes.
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PM Committed Crime?

June 26, 2014
In Trouble?

In Trouble?

The leader of the opposition and head of Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński has said that his party will notify the public prosecutor that a crime may have been committed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk. According to the PiS head, the PM knew about the irregularities of Amber Gold, but did not notify law enforcement agencies. Kaczyński was referring to one of the illegally taped conversations published by Wprost magazine between Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz, the Interior Minister, and the head of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) Marek Belka. The latter says that he spoke with the Prime Minister about Amber Gold. “A few months before that affair, I called Donald and told him that the Amber Gold matter is quite serious, it is a financial pyramid scheme, but more serious due to the fact that they are the owners of the fast growing OLT Express airlines,” said Belka. The Prime Minister has defended himself saying that he spoke to Belka, while the public prosecutor was investigating the Amber Gold case.
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Students Call for End of Government

June 25, 2014
PM Tusk and Marek Belka

PM Tusk and Marek Belka

Anti-government demonstrations are scheduled to take place this week to put pressure on PM Donald Tusk and establish an investigative committee to look into the recent government wiretapping scandal. Thousands of people will participate, according to the organisers. The Students’ Union of Poland insists that the government should resign. Michał Sadłowski, a union member, says: “The Council of Ministers has brought Poland into disrepute.” He adds: “There is ironclad proof that the politicians in power have broken the law, especially in the conversations between Minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz and Marek Belka, head of the National Bank of Poland (NBP). Furthermore, the Prime Minister did not even replace the minister.”
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Killing ‘for the Rush’

June 24, 2014
Tragedy

Not a Joke

Policemen from Radom have arrested a pair of teenagers who wanted to kill an 82-year-old woman. The 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old friend explained that they are computer gamers and they wanted an adrenaline rush. The pair talked their way into the old lady’s flat on Puławska Street in Radom on the pretext of wanting to conduct an interview. The 17-year-old-boy threw a cord around her neck and started to strangle her. The woman’s screams alerted her neighbour and the teenagers panicked and ran away. The police soon found the 16-year-old girl and later her friend. The pair met each other on a social networking site. The boy wanted to impress the girl and said he was in a gang. They both said that they wanted to murder a weak, old person to see what it is like. In court, the judge decided that the 16-year-old girl will go to a centre for juvenile delinquents wheras the 17-year-old boy was accused of attempted murder.
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