Polish senator sues party leader over surveillance remarks

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A Polish opposition senator whose phone was hacked with advanced spyware has filed a civil suit against the leader of Poland’s ruling party

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Krzysztof Brezza’s case against Kaczynski, Polish prosecutors informed Brezza’s father, a city mayor, that he was under investigation as a suspect and asked him to question. was required to be present.

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Both father and son insist that they have done nothing wrong, and accuse the authorities of political revenge. He also believes the ruling Law and Justice Party is trying to cast doubt on him as a way to justify the use of surveillance software, a tool to fight terrorism and other serious crimes, against political opponents. Is.

The hacking revelations have rocked Poland, drawing comparisons to the 1970 Watergate scandal in the United States and calling for an inquiry commission in parliament.

Brezza called the decision to “avenge the family by targeting” his father for trial and for revealing “offences related to the illegal surveillance of the opposition”. He spoke at a press conference in Parliament on Monday with his wife Dorota Brezza, who is also his lawyer.

Ryszard Brezza, the mayor of Inowrocaw, a city in central Poland, said he was given a letter informing him that he should appear for questioning as a suspect, but was not aware that the case What is included in

“I feel a bit like the character from the Franz Kafka novel ‘The Trial’. I don’t know what concerns it. I can only speculate,” he told news station TVN24.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Gdansk said Ryszard Brejza was called “as a suspect” for “failure to fulfill its obligations and breach of powers” by city hall officials in Innovrocaw involving the theft of public funds. was going.

A city spokesman said Razzard Brezza himself informed prosecutors four years ago that public money had been stolen in the city.

Krzysztof Brezza was hacked several times in 2019, mostly when he was running the opposition’s parliamentary election campaign, according to an analysis by experts from Citizen Lab, a research institute at the University of Toronto. Technical experts from Amnesty International confirmed the findings.

Citizen Lab found that two other Polish critics of right-wing officials were also hacked, all three by Israel’s NSO Group with Pegasus spyware. The other two prosecutors are Eva Vrzocek and a lawyer, Roman Geertic.

The Associated Press reported the hacking in a special report based on findings from Citizen Lab and Amnesty International.

Kaczynski acknowledged Friday that Poland had bought Pegasus, describing it as a tool many states now have to combat crime and corruption.

In Breja’s case, text messages stolen from his phone were telecast and broadcast by state-controlled TV in Poland as part of a smear campaign in the heat of the race, which was won by the populist ruling party. Was.

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