Political activists who cheated the Polish Red Cross to finance an electoral campaign were sentenced to prison.
Nine people, including two former Law and Justice party activists,
They were found guilty by a Polish court of exploiting money donated to the local Red Cross to support an election campaign.
Poland’s WARSAW Nine people, including two former Law and Justice party activists, were found guilty by a Polish court of funding an electoral campaign with donations to the local Red Cross.
The swindle cost the Red Cross, according to the Wroclaw court. Almost 3 million zlotys ($660,000).
Jerzy G., the former regional director of the Red Cross in Wroclaw, was given a three-year, five-month prison term by the court. Piotr B., his deputy, was given two years, seven months term.
In addition, they must pay fines and return the funds. Others were given prison sentences ranging from 12 to 18 months, two of which were suspended.
The Judgment is Appealable.
The court determined. They had sold Red Cross-donated clothing and food in order to raise money for Law and Justice’s local campaign during the 2015 parliamentary election. The party prevailed in that election. It s now serving its second term in power.
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In Poland, political parties are permitted to accept private donations and receive public funding, but they are not allowed to conduct business or receive income from it.