Warsaw mayor’s husband, daughter return unlawful cash from property restitution
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Warsaw mayor’s husband, daughter return unlawful cash from property restitution

Family members of Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz each give back 1.1 million zlotys ($318,000) they obtained over building seized from Jewish Holocaust victims

Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz tells an extraordinary session of the Warsaw city council in Warsaw, Poland about irregularities in the restitution of seized Warsaw property to private owners, September 1, 2016. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)
Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz tells an extraordinary session of the Warsaw city council in Warsaw, Poland about irregularities in the restitution of seized Warsaw property to private owners, September 1, 2016. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

WARSAW, Poland — The husband and daughter of Warsaw’s city mayor have returned money obtained from a property restitution deal that was deemed to be unlawful.

Warsaw town hall said Monday that the husband and daughter of Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz have returned some 1.1 million zlotys ($318,000) each to the city’s coffers.

Gronkiewicz-Waltz, who has been mayor since 2006, has been accused of turning a blind eye to irregularities in the restitution program.

She had been a prominent member of the centrist, pro-European Union party Civic Platform — currently the main, albeit weak, opposition to the right-wing government. The party has recently distanced itself from her and she has said she will not seek re-election.

An apartment building freshly renovated by an international developer group that bought the house from the husband of Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, in Warsaw, Poland, seen on September 19, 2016. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

The house in question originally belonged to a Jewish family that perished in the Holocaust. It was illegally acquired by speculators right after World War II and later sold to a member of the family of the mayor’s husband. It was then seized by the communist authorities, and recently claimed back by the Warsaw mayor’s family, in a procedure pronounced unlawful.

The restitution process since the collapse of communism has led to many irregularities. The current Polish government has established a commission to investigate and reverse wrong decisions.

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