Warsaw mayor has bank funds seized amid restitution probe
PR dla Zagranicy
Tax authorities in Poland have seized funds from the bank account of Warsaw's mayor over her refusal to testify in an ongoing restitution probe, an official said on Thursday.
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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz has repeatedly failed to appear before a special parliamentary commission probing suspected restitution irregularities in the Polish capital.
Gronkiewicz-Waltz has failed to appear before the panel despite being summoned four times to attend hearings concerning a total of six properties, said Patryk Jaki, the head of the commission and a deputy justice minister.
The commission has imposed six PLN 3,000 (EUR 700, USD 835) fines on Gronkiewicz-Waltz, working out to PLN 18,000 in total.
The tax authorities stepped in after a request from the commission for debt collection proceedings, according to Polish Radio’s IAR news agency.
Jaki rebutted an argument by Gronkiewicz-Waltz that authorities cannot begin to collect the debt until an administrative court considers an appeal she has made in the case.
Gronkiewicz-Waltz has refused to appear before the commission, arguing the body is unconstitutional. (gs/pk)