23 listopada 2020

Rule of Law: „The ‘Disciplinary Chamber’ has suspended Judge Tuleya and allowed criminal charges to be brought against him”


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„The illegally constituted Disciplinary Chamber has lifted the immunity of Judge Igor Tuleya, which will allow the National Prosecutor’s Office to bring absurd criminal charges against him for admitting journalists to an announcement of a ruling which was important to the public. Tuleya was also suspended from his duties as a judge and had his […]


„The illegally constituted Disciplinary Chamber has lifted the immunity of Judge Igor Tuleya, which will allow the National Prosecutor’s Office to bring absurd criminal charges against him for admitting journalists to an announcement of a ruling which was important to the public. Tuleya was also suspended from his duties as a judge and had his salary reduced by 25%.”

„This ruling was issued on Wednesday, 18 November 2020, by the illegal Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. Judge Igor Tuleya, who is a symbol of free courts in Poland, was prosecuted by a three-person panel: Sławomir Niedzielak (the chairman of the panel and the case clerk), Konrad Wytrykowski, and Jarosław Sobutka (who submitted a dissenting opinion). The Chamber issued a ruling on this important matter under the cover of night, which has become something of a tradition.”

“I didn’t expect anything else. The Disciplinary Chamber has once again raised its middle finger to the EU. I think that with this ruling, Warsaw has moved a few hundred kilometres away from the EU. But I’ll behave consistently. I will go to my job in the court on Thursday, I don’t know if they will let me in,”, judge Tuleya told us. And he emphasised: “But I will not appear when the prosecutor’s office summons me. I’ll be waiting for them to come for me. I’m not afraid.”

„The consent to prosecute the judge also coincides with a hot period of negotiations on the EU’s new budget, in which the payment of funds for Poland will be linked to compliance with the rule of law. The consent to lay charges against Judge Tuleya by Ziobro prosecutor’s office will be hard evidence for the EU that the threat to independent courts in Poland is serious, because Tuleya is being prosecuted for the judicial decisions which he issued while serving as a judge.”

„Judge Igor Tuleya is the face of free courts in Poland. For several years he has been heavily involved in defending them. He meets members of the public in person, and has criticised the government’s “good changes” to the courts in the media.”