• APRIL 1994

    Keram is raided by the Polish police who arrive at the haulage depot without any search warrant or any documents and proceed to seize the vehicles owned by the company. The owners Zdzislaw and Halina Kmetko are seen calling for the police to show their warrants and justifying their actions. The workers try to stop the heavily armed police, who are surprised to find the private TV film company Echo TV of Wroclaw filming the entire incident.READ THE FULL STORY
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EU Urged to Intervene to Protect Self-Made Polish Businessman

The European Union is being urged to intervene in a case that some say is reminiscent of the ‘black forces’ of Communism.

Marek Kmetko (pictured), a Polish-born, self-made businessman, says he has effectively become stateless as a result of a long-running “campaign” against him by the Polish authorities.

His case has now started to set alarm bells ringing at the heart of the EU with the European Parliament currently considering a petition about his case.

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New Book Exposes Abuse of Preventive Detention in Poland As Well as Corruption & Persecution of Businessmen by Polish Tax Police, Judges, Local Politicians and Media

With growing interest in European political circles in the Marek Kmetko story we publish here, with his permission, an article by Dr Denis MacShane, Britain’s former Europe Minister, about corruption in Polish local political, judicial and tax collection circles. It is a review of a book published in the British political and cultural journal, Tribune. The book is an account of the the struggle by a New Zealand citizen to build, open and run a hotel lodge in north Eastern Poland. The New Zealander, Mr John Borrell, met and married a Polish woman in the 1980s when working as a foreign correspondent for Time, the US weekly. He gave up his life as a journalist to build a life in Poland but soon found he faced many obstacles from local Polish politicians, tax police, judges, journalists and others who sought to destroy him. The parallels with the Marek Kmetko story are remarkable. Mr Borrell’s book, The White Lake, is published by the important London publisher Quartet Books. It can be easily ordered from www.amazon.co.uk. It will be translated and published in Polish later this year. Below is Dr MacShane’s review article. Please note it was written for a British political magazine so has references to UK politics in it.

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Wroclaw Scandal Poses Legal Threat to Tusk Government’s EU Credentials & Financials

Lawyers representing the Berlin based company K.u.K. Internationale Logistic, Handels und Beteiligungs Gmbh have initiated formal legal proceedings against Mr Kalecinski the District Prosecutor of Wroclaw and the local Tax office, suing for more than 10 billion euros in damages.

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Do Poland's Police Attacks on Foreign Investors Slow Economic Growth?

In 2011, Poland secured $18.9 billion of foreign direct investment according to the OECD. This was a remarkable achievement during the period when most EU economies were still reeling as a result of the  2008 world banking crisis and the slow down in credit and investment.

The 2011 figure was an increase of $5 billion on the previous year and showed that the Polish Government with its able Anglo-Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski, represented one of the countries foreign businessmen were confident to invest and do business in.

But the latest FDI figures published by the OECD and the UN Trade Organisation show a dramatic slump to just $3.4 billion.

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Breakthrough on Wroclaw Detentions As Tusk Urges Payment Talks

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has stepped into the row over six of my business executives arrested in Wroclaw by proposing settlement through negotiation. In his letter to me, he suggests that matters could be resolved if the Wroclaw tax and prosecution authorities establish a cooperative dialogue to negotiate settlement of the dispute over social insurance payments.

In a letter from the Polish Prime Minister's office in Warsaw, Mr Tusk states that the direct payment we have offered to settle the dispute could not be sent to the Prime Minister's office. Instead it should be addressed to the tax and prosecution offices in Wroclaw.

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