Filip J, the brother of MEP Patryk Yaki, heard a sentence for possession of dried non-fiber cannabis a few days ago. The court of first instance handed down a sentence of 4 months restriction of liberty and ordered the defendant to pay court costs. The verdict is not final, the prosecutor's office has requested a written ruling on it, which may mean that it wants to appeal the verdict. Here is more information.
Filip J., brother of MEP Patryk Yaki, convicted of marijuana possession
Filip J.'s detention took place in January 2020. We wrote about the incident in T U T A J. Let's recall what happened then:
The 21-year-old together with an acquaintance were crossing the road in a forbidden place. This was noticed by a police patrol, and after a while the men were questioned and searched. Some marijuana was found on Philip, who is the brother of Deputy Minister of Justice and PiS MEP Patryk Yaki. The detainee and officers then went to his residence where the detainee surrendered the 6.5 grams of marijuana and 0.3 grams of hashish in his possession to officers. Philip J. was charged with drug possession. He pleaded guilty and was released home after giving a statement.
On May 17, 2022, the Warsaw-Wola District Court issued a verdict in the case. Filip J. was sentenced to 4 months of restriction of liberty. During this time, he will have to perform community service of 20 hours per month. In addition, Filip J. must pay to the State Treasury a fine of PLN 1,810.56 in court costs.
According to the information we obtained, there was disagreement among the prosecutors assigned to the case about the size of the punishment, with some believing that the case should be dropped on the basis of Article 62.a (possession of an insignificant amount for personal use).
In the end, the court ruled 4 months of restriction of liberty, but the prosecutor's office has requested a written statement of reasons for the verdict, which suggests that it wants to appeal it. It is unclear, however, whether it will seek a stricter or lighter sentence.
The defendant's brother Filip Jaki, who was serving as deputy minister of justice at the time of his brother's arrest, also commented on the case shortly after the 21-year-old's arrest:
I have little contact with him. My brother is an adult and takes responsibility for what he does. He was treated like everyone else. I do not support even the small amount of marijuana he was supposed to have on him. Even though I know that in many countries it is not punished. The only exemption should be for medical purposes.
-said the deputy justice minister at the time.
Check it out - Poland's largest international cannabis fair will take place in just a few days!