Supreme Audit Office chief returns to work after unpaid leave

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The head of Supreme Audit Office Marian Banaś (alone in the second row) has returned from an unpaid leaveTVN24 News in English
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The President of the Supreme Audit Office, Marian Banaś, issued a statement in which he informs that on October 16 his unpaid leave came to an end and on he resumed his duties on Thursday.

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"I declare that I will stand against any attacks on me as the President of the Supreme Audit Office. I also promise to staunchly defend the independence and impartiality of the Supreme Audit Office as the state main supervision authority," Banaś wrote.

"Manipulative and deceitful media revelations aimed to discredit me are a form of revenge of those groups which as a result of reform revenue and customs administration had lost their influence on the most important decision made in the Republic of Poland," he added.

Banaś announced that, following the oath he had taken, he would abide by the Constitution and fulfil his duties in an impartial fashion and with the highest conscientiousness. He also confirmed that the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau had finished controlling his asset declaration on Wednesday.

The Central Anti-Corruption Bureau has been looking into Marian Banaś' asset declaration since April 16. The investigation includes documents filed between 2015 and 2019, when Banaś was deputy minister and minister of finance, and chairman of the Supreme Audit Office (NIK).

The CBA informed on Wedensday that Banaś has seven days "to submit his remarks to the Bureau's findings that couldn't be explained during the asset declaration control". The Bureau also said that it "won't be informing about results of the control until the procedure has been completed".

Due to concerns regarding his asset declarations, on September 27, Banaś took an unpaid holiday.

In the TV report by "Superwizjer" TVN aired on September 21, Bertold Kittel focused on a tenement building standing in the Kraków district of Podgórze, which the chairman of the Supreme Audit Office, Marian Banaś, listed in his asset declarations. The journalist discovered a hotel there which rents rooms by the hour, and came across a criminal with a binding court sentence.

In reaction to the TVN24 report, Banaś filed a lawsuit against TVN SA and Bertold Kittel. He demands an apology, reatraction and donation to social cause.

The Supreme Audit Office on Wednesday denied media reports claiming that Marian Banaś has submitted his resignation from the office, and said that he remains on an unpaid holiday.

Autor: gf / Źródło: TVN24 News in English, PAP

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