Polish senate passes law giving justice ministry control over prosecutor’s office

Poland’s upper house Saturday adopted two bills, authored by the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), which provides for merging the functions of Justice Minister and the formerly independent Prosecutor General, despite protests from opposition parties.

Once the new bill on prosecutor’s office comes into effect Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro will receive extensive powers.
This is a further step by the government towards consolidation of power, after controversial changes to the functioning of the country’s Constitutional Tribunal, the country’s final arbiter of law, and the public media, that critics say undermine their independence.

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