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Poland’s ‘most wanted man’ threatens government with secret recordings

Warsaw, Poland – The large-scale eavesdropping scandal that rocked Polish politics five years ago is still making waves.

Key player in eavesdropping scandal threatens to reveal damaging information

According to Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, Marek Falenta, the man at the heart of the scandal once labelled “Poland’s most wanted man”, has asked for a presidential pardon and threatened to reveal embarrassing information if his request isn’t granted.

In a letter sent to Polish President Andrzej Duda from Spain, where he’s still being held, Marek Falenta has asked the head of state to grant him a pardon. If Duda doesn’t comply with his request, Falenta claims he will reveal damaging information regarding the persons behind him. In his letter, he writes that he was acting on behalf of other parties, whom “deceived” and “cheated” him and never fulfilled the promises they made him.

A possible involvement of ruling party and current Prime Minister

Marek Falenta, a former multi-millionaire and once one of the richest men in Poland, hinted at a possible involvement of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, in power since 2015.

He claimed he possesses secret recordings of the people who masterminded the affair, including of current Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and won’t hesitate to make them public if Duda doesn’t grant him a presidential pardon within a month.

An elaborate eavesdropping network of upscale Warsaw restaurants

Last April, Marek Falenta was arrested in Spain, near Valencia, while on the run, for his key role in the wiretapping scandal that brought down the previous government.

In 2016, he had been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for ordering and organizing a vast eavesdropping network of influential politicians and businessmen in Warsaw restaurants. Published in the media, the recordings and audio tapes strongly contributed to the fall of the government led by Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform (PO) and to the victory of PiS in the 2015 national elections, according to analysts.

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