Former Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski and his deputy, Maciej Wasik, were released from prison on Tuesday night following a pardon by Polish President Andrzej Duda, after being incarcerated for their efforts to combat corruption.
They were freed from the detention center shortly after 9:00 PM and were greeted by supporters of their party, Law and Justice. “This fight continues, it may be a long and difficult path, but we will surely win,” Kaminski said upon his release, thanking the attendees for their presence.
Wasik also expressed his gratitude to those who gathered outside the detention center, which has given him “strength, energy, and faith in the future,” as reported by the Polish news agency PAP.
Their release occurred hours after Duda pardoned them, following their detention in early January after visiting the presidential palace. The president had previously defended this action as a valid option in response to the unlawful removal of parliamentary immunity from the two politicians, who were elected as deputies but now lack a seat.