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"It’s not a duel between the Polish government and the European Commission. It’s a rather serious dispute on whether or not, Poland will be a rule of law state," said the chaiman of the European Council, Donald Tusk to the journalists in Sofia, after the EU summit.

"People protesting in the Sejm are being intimidated", said Iwona Hartwich from the Protest Committee of Parents of Disabled People. She pleaded to the government for a compromise and announced that a demonstration of support in front of the Sejm building has been scheduled on 25 May.

During an emotional hearing, Tomasz Komenda's name was cleared today by the Supreme Court. He had spent 18 years behind bars for the brutal murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl, a crime he didn't commit. He was conditionally released in March. Today, everyone is sure that he is innocent and now he has the paper to prove it.

Great news when it comes to the Polish economy. The GDP in the first quarter grew to 5.1 percent, according to the Government Statistics Office. The complete data for the past quarter will be available at the end of the month.

The rescue operation at the Zofiówka mine has come to a finish. Rescue workers have found and recovered the body of the last missing miner. He was located underneath the ruins of the walkway that collapsed during the tremor that shook the mine on the 5th of May. The quake measured 4.0 magnitude and killed five miners.

In the Sejm, emotions continue to run high on the 29th day of protest by the disabled and their caretakers. Just days after a Warsaw Uprising Survivor was barred from entering the building, another celebrated Pole was denied access. Janina Ochojska is the head of the "Polish Humanitarian Action" charity. Ms Ochojska pleaded to the government not to fear her and said she just wanted to support the protesters who were left speechless.

The most famous Polish state's evidence, Jarosław S. aka "Masa" was detained by the police. According to the prosecutor's office he may be charged with extortion of bank loans, bribery and coercion. Along with "Masa" five other people were arrested, among them the head of the Criminal Intelligence Departament of Łódź police and a clerk from the customs and tax office.

The former Police Commander, Zbigniew Maj was arrested by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau. He was to be accused of abusing his authority. Also arrested were the directors of the agencies of Central Anti-Corruption Bureau in Łódz and Poznań. The wife of the former police commander claims that the arrest was not a coincidence because just several days ago, he announced that he would run for mayor of Kalisz.

"I've decided to defend judge Dominik Czeszkiewicz because I have over 20 years of work as a judge and I've never come across disciplinary chrges that would be so controversial and problematic," said judge Małgorzata Kluziak. The guest of "Fakty po Faktach" decided to defend a judge who has heard disciplinary charges after acquitting activists from the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) in the high-profile case regarding the protest that took place in March 2016. Another guest of this part of the programme was former president of the Constitutional Tribunal, Jerzy Stępień. The guest of the second part were MPs, Jan Grabiec and Tadeusz Cymański.

"I didn't expect that what was going to happen to me wasn't some sort of fantasy story," said deputy speaker of the Senate, Bogdan Borusewicz. The guest of "Kropka nad i" commented on the incident that happened on Monday, when he wasn't allowed access to his wife's grave. The opposition activist in Communist Poland said that he had experienced such "impudence" of the government and the uniformed services in the past, but he didn't expect it to happen again in a democratic state.

The Supreme Court acquitted Tomasz Komenda on Wednesday. In 2004, the man has been effectively convicted for murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl. Mr Komenda had spent 18 years in prison. His tragic ordeal is now over. He may expect a record-breaking compensation from the Polish state. The Prosecutor General, Zbigniew Ziobro said that "the decision to acquit Mr Komenda shows that the mistakes of the judiciary can be corrected. Although, nothing will bring back the lost years to him or compensate the suffering, in this moment, he regained his dignity and saw a glimmer of hope for the future.

Rescuers searching for Polish miners trapped almost a kilometre underground since a tunnel collapsed 11 days ago have found the body of the last missing man. The tragic tremor took lives of five men, coal company JSW said on Wednesday.

The deputy chairman of the European Commission is hoping for an agreement with the Polish government. As Frans Timmermans says, "progress is being made, but it's not enough". Moreover, if that doesn't change by June 26, the punishment procedure based on Article 7 will continue. The prime minister's chief of staff, Michał Dworczyk, says "Poland also wants a compromise, but not at all costs".

Still no breakthrough in case of the protesters in the building of the parliament. The speaker of the Senate, Stanisław Karczewski said it's "high time those ladies went home" and claims that all their demands have been met. The minister for social policy, though, failed to mention their demand for five hundred zlotys benefit. She did mention a four percent tax. The government prefers to call it a "donation" and emphasises that it won't be covered by the budget but by the most affluent tax payers.

The deadline has already expired. It was the last day for high ranking Polish politicians to transfer their bonuses to the "Caritas" charity. By the order of the chairman of Law and Justice, Jarosław Kaczyński. It is unclear if everyone has done so already and what consequences will follow if they haven't. It's all for show, says the opposition.

As a result of the order by the Law and Justice chairman, not only the ministers are expected to transfer their bonuses, but members of parliament and local governments now are expected to make less money. A bill which would lower their salaries has made it to the Senate. Now, even some members of the ruling party have called the whole issue populism.