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Sentence cut for Polish would-be parliamentary bomber

PR dla Zagranicy
Paweł Kononczuk 19.04.2017 11:42
A court of appeal on Wednesday reduced a sentence for a university lecturer convicted of planning a terror attack on the Polish parliament from 13 to nine years in jail.
Brunon Kwiecień (right) in court. Photo: PAP/Jacek BednarczykBrunon Kwiecień (right) in court. Photo: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk

Defence lawyers for Dr Brunon Kwiecień, the first Pole to be accused of terrorism, had motioned for his sentence to be repealed, claiming that 13 years in prison was too severe, and for a re-trial.

But the appeal court in Kraków, southern Poland, on Wednesday rejected defence lawyers’ claims that Kwiecień’s trial had been flawed.

A lower court in Kraków in December 2015 convicted Kwiecień of planning a terrorist attack on a Polish state institution in 2012, of attempting to incite two students to carry out the attack, of illegal possession of firearms and trafficking in firearms.

Kwiecień, who worked at the Kraków Agricultural University, had allegedly planned to ram a vehicle packed with explosives into Poland's lower house of parliament when both the president, then Bronisław Komorowski, and the prime minister, at the time Donald Tusk, were expected to be present.

Kwiecień admitted to planning an attack but claimed he had been encouraged by an agent working for Poland's Internal Security Agency (ABW) in a sting operation.


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