Prosecutors probe bugging of Polish top officials

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 6:34 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the recording of a private conversation between the country's interior minister and the head of the central bank that was later published by a magazine.

In the recording, the two discussed how the National Bank of Poland could help the government increase its chances of winning re-election in 2015. The central bank is supposed to be independent from the government and interference either way is prohibited.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said the secret bugging, a criminal offense in Poland, amounts to an attempted coup.

Renata Mazur, a spokeswoman for the Warsaw prosecutors, said Tuesday the probe was opened at the request of Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz, who acted in the capacity of a victim.

The magazine, Wprost, had no immediate comment.

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