Polish ex-PM Kaczynski slams top court at pro-government rally

The leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party, ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski, lashed out at the country’s top Constitutional Court on Sunday, accusing it of trying to block government policies in an escalating row over which judges can serve on the bench. Kaczynski, who is neither president nor prime minister but is widely thought to pull the strings in the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, said he wanted to break up the “band of cronies” at the nation’s highest judicial body who he accused of only protecting their own interests.

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