During the parliamentary debate on judiciary reforms, ruling Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jarosław Kaczyński accused the opposition of murdering his brother President Lech Kaczyński. “Don’t wipe your treacherous mugs with my late brother’s name. You destroyed him, murdered him. You’re scumbags,” he said from the podium.
The opposition responded that Kaczyński “finally showed his true colors” and is being motivated by “personal vendetta and not the country’s best interest.”
His words came at the height of political row in parliament over the latest attempt by PiS to overhaul the country’s legal system by allowing the parliament to pick the new members of the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS), a body responsible for nominating judges, and by terminating the current terms of the Supreme Court judges.
Shortly afterward, the parliament decided to postpone the session and send the draft bill on the Supreme Court to the commission for further discussion. The law will now most likely be voted on Friday.
The justice system revamp, proposed without consultations with the judiciary and debated on a rushed schedule, would force into immediate retirement all Supreme Court judges and its president, whose term is set in the constitution. The overhaul triggered dozens of demonstrations in larger Polish cities last weekend, bringing tens of thousands out on the streets.
Lech Kaczyński, along with his wife Maria, and 94 other people, including many top senior officials were killed in 2010 in the plane crash in Smoleńsk, Russia. Jarosław for years claimed that the crash was not an accident, but Russia was behind it, with the help of Polish government. The official investigation claimed that the crash was a mixture of terrible weather conditions and human errors of both the plane crew and the airport traffic control.