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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Gilowska cleared

But not quite "innocent" either

So what?

The judge presiding over former Finance Minister Zyta Gilowska's vetting trial has concluded that there is not enough evidence to declare that she lied about not knowing that she had provided information to a communist security agent.

From the International Herald Tribune:

[Judge] Mojkowska said the documents available in the case were not complete, making the court rely on circumstantial evidence, which did not prove that Gilowska intentionally passed any information on to secret police during communist times.

However, the judge had her own suspicions. The court said Gilowska had been "extremely talkative" with the security agent who registered her as an informer.

The verdict clears the way for her to rejoin the government - but it might not be so easy.

From Easybourse:

Presiding Judge Małgorzata Mojkowska pointed out that a new law recently passed by the Polish parliament would require Gilowska to submit to a new vetting procedure if she rejoined the government.

Mojkowska said the revised procedure, based primarily on analysis of surviving interior ministry archives, could automatically classify Gilowska as an informant and thereby bar her from public office.

So - those who want to believe she was an informer now can continue to believe it. Those who want to believe she wasn't can also continue to believe that.

She can try to join the government again, but if she does, she'll have to undergo another vetting procedure, which could, possibly disqualify her - again.

Months of political wrangling. Endless rumors. An expensive and humiliating trial. A politician's reputation dragged through the mud. What has it all achieved?

Not a damn thing.


Blogger beatroot said...

The only type of person who would voluntarily take up the post of Polish finance minister is someone who lives in a padded cell and eats nails for breakfast.

The only person who would voluntarily take up the post TWICE needs electric shock treatment.

Is she that mad?

9/07/2006 02:16:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

We'll see I guess. I know that if I were in her position I'd go tell Kaczor to shove it.

But everybody keeps saying she's oh so necessary to bring back Poland's fiscal credibility.

I don't know if that's true. I think it's already ruined.

9/07/2006 02:35:00 PM  

Blogger Michael Farris said...

The judge gave quite a performance (based on the snippets I saw) treating Gilowska like a misbehaving 6-year-old and saying in effect: "You may be getting off on a technicality, but I know you're guilty and I'm gonna go ahead and give you piece of my mind, bitch!"

At this point the only way Gilowska could regain anything like credibility would be to tell the Ducks to find another patsy and stay as far away from them as possible.

At times I wish that more Poles had lower taste (or a different kind of low taste). Wouldn't you love to see Gilowska and the judge square off in celebrity boxing?

9/07/2006 10:12:00 PM  

Blogger beatroot said...

Maybe celebrity mud wrestling?

Maybe not...

9/07/2006 10:54:00 PM  

Anonymous ignacy said...

BTW, the Tigers are tanking big time.

9/07/2006 10:59:00 PM  

Blogger beatroot said...

Tigers are tanking big time????

How can a tiger tank?

9/08/2006 01:53:00 PM  

Anonymous ignacy said...

Meaning the Detroit Tigers baseball team are no longer winning as many games as they did at the start of the season.

And the advertising slogan of the Esso/Exxon oil company for quite some time was "Put a Tiger in your tank" (gas tank that is). That's not related to "tanking big time" which means, I guess, "being flushed down into the shitter /septic tank"

You UK guys talk funny English, what can I say? Or maybe it's just a generational thing.

9/08/2006 02:43:00 PM  

Blogger beatroot said...

And the advertising slogan of the Esso/Exxon oil company for quite some time was "Put a Tiger in your tank" (gas tank that is). That's not related to "tanking big time" which means, I guess, "being flushed down into the shitter /septic tank"

Er...and what does the animal rights lobby say about putting tigers in tanks? Eh?

9/08/2006 03:05:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Every baseball team has had a slump this season, ignacy. The Tigers have hit theirs at the wrong time. Still, they've played much better than probably the past 20 years, lead their division (the toughest in baseball this year), they had the best record in the majors for the better part of the season, and they're nearly certain to make the playoffs.

I call that a successful season.

Beatroot, what are the names of the cricket teams in England anyway? Are they anything like the weird soccer ones?

9/08/2006 07:15:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Gustav,

I grew up with my father listening to the Tigers on the radio and drinking Strohs beer. It was a good season.


9/08/2006 07:54:00 PM  

Anonymous ignacy said...

Hey, I'm rooting for them. May the spirit of Mark --the Bird Fidrych-- invigorate them and move them on to beat the evil Yankees and through the WS to the Champeenship.

9/08/2006 08:31:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, brother...

9/08/2006 08:35:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

I must say, I've never known there were so many Tigers fans till this season.

But to be honest, at this point I'd just be happy with the division.

9/08/2006 10:00:00 PM  

Blogger beatroot said...

what are the names of the cricket teams in England anyway? Are they anything like the weird soccer ones?

Excuse me? What is so weird about Hamilton Academicals?

And cricket teams are called after their country. So you get magnificent names like Surrey! Yorkshire! That kind of thing...

What you DONT get is Yorkshire Tigers! Yorkshire cricketers are too butch to be called after a pussy cat.

By the way, Gilowska is on the television now saying that she will come back into the government, would quite like to be in the finance ministry again.

She is also frothing at the mouth...

9/08/2006 11:45:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a Tigers fan. I root for a formerly proud but now pathetic team that shall justifiably remain nameless and then anybody playing the Yankees. I just always like the rags-to-champion team. Last year I was rooting for the Chisox, especially with Pierzynski's Polish Power! I think Fidrych is Pol-Am, too!

Academicals? You're kidding! Reminds me of that Monty Python sketch with Marx, Socrates, et, al. playing soccer, er, ah, football. BR, are there more such cricket team names?????????? Is cricket named after the insect????? Like the Beatles? What an odd society!

9/10/2006 04:06:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Now TC - I think that's who the last commenter was - the Academicals is funny, but don't forget there are plenty of strange American team names.

For example: the Knickerbockers? The White/Red SOX? The Packers? The Marlins? The Heat? The Brewers?

But the best are American college mascots: The Minnesota Golden Gophers? The South Carolina Game Cocks? The TCU Horned Frogs?

The University of California Santa Cruz ... Banana Slugs???

9/10/2006 06:45:00 PM  

Anonymous ignacy said...

Nah, I think Minor League Baseball is even weirder but Cricket sounds like it could give a run for the money.

Alburquerque Isotopes
Toledo Mudhens
Modesto Nuts
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Winston-Salem Warthogs
Lansing Lugnuts
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Batavia Muckdogs
Williamsport Crosscutters
Everett Aquasox
Portland Beavers
Colorado Springs Skysox
Tuscon Sidewinders
Idaho Falls Chukars (WTF?)
Oren Owlz
Chatenooga Lookouts
Montgomery Bisquits
Tennessee Smokers
Carolina Mudcats
Asheville Tourists
Charleston Riverdogs
Columbus Catfish
Delmarya Shorebirds
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Hickory Crawdads
Lakewood Blueclaws
Savannah Sand Gnats
Corpus Christi Hooks (at least it wasn't Nails)
Midland Rockhounds
Wichita Wranglers

There are many more. These are just the ones I thought weird.

9/13/2006 09:33:00 AM  

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