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There was so much fraud in public money that the new government turned it into a map

There was so much fraud in public money that the new government turned it into a map

The data shows that almost 90% of the funds involved went to regions where Poland's sovereign candidates ran, with an average of 7.7 million zlotys (700 million Hungarian forints) in support, while regions where there were no such candidates received an average of 1.5 million. Zloty. They just got there

The money involved comes from the Justice Fund, which the department uses to support victims of crime, rehabilitate offenders and prevent crime. The data published by the Ministry consists of grants awarded from the Justice Fund on a discretionary basis, that is, directly on the basis of decisions taken by officials in the Ministry of Justice, without a public tender procedure.

Between 2019 and 2023, 2,043 grants were provided on this basis, totaling more than 224 million zlotys, of which just over 201 million zlotys went to regions where Sovereign Poland Party candidates ran.

According to the Ministry of Justice, the investigated data shows that the funds were not distributed based on well-analyzed, objective criteria. In addition, some settlements were excluded from this process. Current Justice Minister Adam Bodnar, a member of the new government coalition that came to power in December, described the situation as shocking. Sovereign Poland is led by Zbigniew Ziobro, who was Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General in the previous government between 2015 and 2023.

After the data was published, several party politicians and PiS members rejected accusations that the money was spent inappropriately, claiming that it was used as intended. Polish sovereign representative Dariusz Matecki wrote sarcastically on social media that he apologizes for spending on firefighting equipment to save the lives of victims of road crimes and arson in his constituency, as well as subsidies for public hospitals.

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