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Poland – Kamiński is the new head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki entrusted duties in the Ministry of Interior and Administration to Mariusz Kamiński; he also asked the president to appoint Kamiński as the new interior and administration minister.

The minister will continue to coordinate the work of special services
– Government spokesman Piotr Müller said on Friday.

Mariusz Kamiński was born in 1965. In the PRL he was an opposition activist, including activity in the Independent Student Association. He worked, among others, in the presidential National Security Bureau during the time of Lech Wałęsa, and later in the office of Solidarity in Mazovia. He also held positions in the Central Office of Customs and Polish Television. At a time when Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz was the prime minister, he became secretary of state at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister – government plenipotentiary for establishing the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, and then its head.

After the establishment of the CBA in June 2006, Kamiński assumed the position of its head at the beginning of August 2006. At the same time, he resigned from membership in the PiS, because the Act on the Central Anticorruption Bureau requires apoliticality.

He was the head of the CBA until October 13th, 2009. Prime Minister Donald Tusk left Kamiński in 2007 as the head of the CBA after the change of power.

He lost the office in October 2009 after a CBA investigation into lobbying under the Gambling Act (the case concerned PO politicians); according to Tusk, he “used the CBA against political competitors.”

Mariusz Kamiński again became a member of the PiS list in 2011 and in 2015. In PiS he was also one of the party’s deputy chairmen.

In March 2015, Kamiński was sentenced to 3 years in prison and a 10-year ban on taking public office for exceeding his rights in connection with the CBA action regarding the so-called land scandal. On November 16th, 2015, President Andrzej Duda pardoned Kamiński and former CBA officers convicted of acting in the “land scandal”, including the deputy head of the Office Maciej Wąsik…

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