Jakub Zulczyk accused of insulting Andrzej Duda for his comments on Biden and the result of the US election.
A Polish writer faces jail time for insulting President Andrzej Duda by calling him a “moron” because of the latter’s comments about US President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Jakub Zulczyk, who is the screenwriter behind the popular series Blinded by the Lights and Belfer, said prosecutors indicted him under a section of the penal code for insulting the head of state in a Facebook post .
“I am, I guess, the first writer in this country in a very long time to be judged for what he wrote,” he said on Facebook.
In his post of November 7 last year, the writer commented on a curiously-worded tweet in which Duda congratulated Biden on his “successful presidential campaign,” but said he was awaiting “the nomination by the Electoral College. “.
Duda, who is backed by the right-wing populist Law and Justice (Pis) party, was a close ally of Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, who unsuccessfully challenged the election result.
Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, spokeswoman for Warsaw district prosecutors, told Polish news agency PAP on Monday that charges had been laid against a man, naming him only “Jakub Z”.
“The accused was accused of committing an act of public insult on November 7 last year on a social networking site against the President of the Republic of Poland, using a term commonly recognized as insulting”, said the spokesperson.
She added that the charge was laid earlier this month and the suspect had been questioned but “did not admit to committing the alleged act and gave explanations”.
“He said the statement was a critical assessment of the president’s actions,” she said.
In his message, published in the days following the November 3 election, Zulczyk said that “there is no ‘nomination by the electoral college’,” adding that Biden’s confirmation as chairman of the United States was “just a formality”.
“Andrzej Duda is a jerk,” the post said.
Poland has been criticized several times for its various insult laws, including one against religious sentiments and another against insults to the flags of Poland or other countries.