EU’s Tusk to be probed over Polish pyramid scheme in September?
PR dla Zagranicy
European Council head Donald Tusk is likely to be called to testify in Warsaw in September by a special Polish parliamentary commission probing a notorious pyramid scheme, the commission’s head, Małgorzata Wassermann, has said.
European Council President Donald Tusk. Photo: European Council
The Amber Gold pyramid scheme saw thousands of Poles cheated out of their savings from 2009 to 2012 when Tusk was Poland’s prime minister.
Amber Gold had promised customers high returns on investments in gold, but the firm folded in August 2012.
According to criminal records, 19,000 customers were swindled out of a combined sum of PLN 851 million (EUR 200 million) at the time.
Wassermann was on Sunday quoted as saying that Tusk was likely to be called to testify as a witness in Warsaw in late September.
“Over the next week … we will set the date of Donald Tusk’s hearing,” she said, as quoted by Poland’s PAP news agency. “I think the hearing will take place in the second half of September. I suspect it will be held after September 20.”
Wassermann added that the commission wanted to set a date for the hearing well in advance so that Tusk could fit it into his calendar.
Wassermann has previously told PAP that her commission would question Tusk in the final stages of its inquiry into the investment scam, following hearings of other former government officials as well as Amber Gold employees, law enforcers and tax and financial supervision officials.
She recently announced the commission was planning to submit a final report on its work in November, PAP noted.
Tusk was the prime minister of Poland from 2007 until 2014, when he resigned to become president of the European Council, a key European Union leadership position.