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Poland – VAT Investigative Commission will question Jacek Kapica

Former deputy finance minister and head of the Customs Service Jacek Kapica will testify on Tuesday to the VAT investigation committee. The interrogation of Paweł Graś planned for Wednesday has been canceled.

Jacek Kapica was the deputy minister of finance and the head of the Customs Service in 2008-2015, that is almost throughout the period covered by the commission.

In July last year the prosecutor’s office sent a bill of indictment against Kapica and seven officials of the Ministry of Finance to the Warsaw District Court. The investigation concerns the so-called gambling scandal, and Kapica “was accused of committing two crimes of intentional failure to perform his duties in order to obtain a financial benefit“.

The prosecutor’s office recognized, among others, that the former head of the Customs Service “deliberately failed to fulfill his duty to supervise the implementation of tasks under the Act on Games and Mutual Bets or supervision over subordinate departments and other units.”

I got acquainted with the evidence collected in the case and the testimonies of witnesses, and in my opinion there is not a single proof that I did not fulfill my duties – Kapica commented on the allegations.

The VAT Commission was established at the beginning of July 2018. In accordance with the Sejm resolution, it is to examine the correctness and legality of actions and the occurrence of negligence and omissions of public bodies and institutions in the scope of providing State Treasury revenues due to value added tax and excise tax in the period from December 2007 to November 2015.

The Commision has already questioned many witnesses, including most of the deputy finance ministers from the period under review and the former head of this ministry Jan Vincent Rostowski (twice).

The last witnesses to date were Janusz Cichoń and Andrzej Parafianowicz (former deputy ministers of finance) and former director of the Tax Control Office in Katowice Jacek Przypaśniak.

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