On January 9, 2024, Mariusz Kamiński, former Minister of the Interior and Administration, and Maciej Wąsik were arrested on corruption charges. Both had previously held senior positions at Poland’s anti-corruption agency under the Law and Justice government.

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In December 2023, they were sentenced to jail for their involvement in the 2007 entrapment of a political rival while serving in Poland’s anti-corruption agency. The case revealed evidence of overseeing a bribe offer and forgery of documents in pursuit of the rival, Andrzej Lepper, a radical farmers’ leader who later committed suicide. Initially convicted in 2015 for three years, their pardon by President Andrzej Duda was invalidated by the Supreme Court on June 6, 2023. A new case, initiated after an appeal from Mr. Lepper’s family, led to a new conviction in December 2023.

The Warsaw court issued a warrant for their immediate arrest, prompting Mr. Kamiński and Mr. Wąsik to seek sanctuary in the presidential palace.