Polish Senate debates reform of prosecution service
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The Polish upper house of parliament was Friday debating a controversial plan to merge the posts of Prosecutor General and Justice Minister.
Zbigniew Ziobro. Photo: Flickr.com/Piotr Drabik
The plan, part of a wider reform of the country’s prosecution service backed by Poland’s new Law and Justice (PiS) government, has come under fire from the opposition, who say it will erode the independence of prosecutors and subject them to political pressure.
But Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro previously argued during a parliamentary debate that the changes proposed by PiS, which came to power in October, would make prosecutors more efficient.
Ziobro said: "I know that some will not like it, because so far they’ve been busy shuffling files from desk to desk. But we are not interested in making life comfortable for them […] The most important thing is the security of Poles and effective work by prosecutors."
Poland’s lower house of parliament passed the bill on Thursday. (pk)