Allegations of hate speech against Polish president investigated
PR dla Zagranicy
Prosecutors in Warsaw are considering whether allegations of hate speech against President Andrzej Duda are valid, following a car accident involving the head of state on 4 March.
President Duda on Tuesday in Otwock. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański
“We received an inquiry from a member of the public,” commented Przemyslaw Nowak, spokesman for the District Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw, in an interview with online news hub wp.pl.
Nowak said that an assessment will be made as to whether there is “any reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed.”
A rear tyre of the president's limousine burst on Friday on Poland's A4 motorway.
The driver pulled into the hard shoulder, and no one was injured.
Some online commentators made light of the incident, prompting a backlash against the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD), an NGO that has led nationwide protests in recent months.
The day following the accident, head of KOD Mateusz Kijowski released a statement categorically dissociating the committee from “expressions of joy” that the president had been involved in accident.
“We are glad that nothing happened to Mr. President and we wish you safe journeys in the future,” Kijowski stated.
He stated that comments republished across the web as screenshots had not been made on KOD's portals. (nh)