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The Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar has asked the prosecutor's office for information on actions taken regarding judge Igor Tuleya from the District Court for Warsaw. Investigators want to waive his immunity in order to press charges against him. According to Bodnar, such actions may force other judges to avoid passing verdicts unfavourable for the government.

"Norway is concerned about developments regarding the rule of law in Poland. An independent judiciary is a vital component of any well-functioning democracy and is essential for safeguarding fundamental human rights. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also been made aware that the Norwegian Courts Administration has decided to withdraw from its planned cooperation with Poland under the justice programme" - the Norwegian MFA wrote on its website on Thursday. Poland's Ministry of Justice informed on Friday that it received no official statement from Norwegian authorities regarding withdrawal from the justice programme, and expressed concerns regarding the rule of law in Norway.

"Coronavirus in Poland is just a matter of time, but, so far, there has not been a confirmed case in our country" - the Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski informed on Thursday. "If coronavirus appears in Poland, we will immediately inform the public opinion" - he added. The ministry also called not to spread rumours regarding virus infection cases.

Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has yet again asked the Constitutional Tribunal to examine the joint resolution adopted by three chambers of the Supreme Court. This time he wants the high court to check this normative act also for compliance with the Polish constitution, as well as with ratified international agreements, such as the Treaty on the European Union and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday confirmed readiness to help to organise a visit of Polish delegation in Smolensk and Katyn on April 10. The ministry also expressed astonishment with rumours claiming Russia could create any obstacles in that regard.

"What is new and constitutes an ever greater challenge, apart from cracks in the geopolitical structure as we know it, is the great technological challenge" - Donald Tusk said in his lecture he gave at the University of Białystok on Monday. "This new narrative which will emerge in this particular sphere - which may be out of any control - will not be a narrative of a tender narrator, but may be a narrative of a merciless manipulator" - he argued.

A meeting between the President of the Supreme Audit Office Marian Banaś and the Speaker of the Sejm Elżbieta Witek, regarding Central Anti-Corruption Bureau's operation, lasted for an hour. "As the Sejm Speaker, I couldn't have intervened in any way regarding this matter" - Witek said after the Friday's meeting.