Writer Who Called Polish President ‘A Moron’ Should Not Be Punished, Court Rulings – POLITICO

Writer Who Called Polish President A Moron Should Not Be | ltc-a

Poland’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an earlier ruling that a writer who called President Andrzej Duda a « moron » on social media should not be prosecuted.

Insulting the head of state is a crime in Poland.

Dismissing an appeal by the National Prosecutor’s Office as ‘manifestly unfounded’, the court said writer Jakub Żulczyk’s social media post did not constitute a crime and caused negligible damage, according to the Polish news outlet Onet.

Żulczyk said he was relieved to be « finally acquitted ».

“I am very happy that we can FINALLY put an end to this,” she said he wrote on Facebook.

In Poland, insulting the president – of Poland or even of another country – is punishable by up to three years in prison.

In November 2020, after the US presidential election, Żulczyk taken to Facebook complaining about the way Duda congratulated then-President-elect Joe Biden on his victory.

Duda had She said awaited the “electoral college nomination” of Biden, even though it was already clear that he would win the election, and other heads of state had already congratulated he.

“Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States. Andrzej Duda is a moron, » wrote Żulczyk.