Polish fugitive in Spanish prison awaiting extradition

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A mysterious Polish multi-millionaire who fled Poland after being convicted of secretly recording politicians in swanky restaurants is in a Spanish prison awaiting extradition after being captured last week.

Marek Falenta was sentenced to 2½ years of prison for organizing the illegal secret recordings of top Polish politicians in expensive Warsaw restaurants in 2013 and 2014.

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Falenta recently fled Poland. Spanish police said they and their Polish colleagues arrested him on Friday in Cullera, a coastal town near Valencia.

A scandal sparked by the recordings contributed to the 2015 defeat of a pro-European Union government and the election of a populist right-wing party that has since eroded the independence of the judiciary, the right to assembly and media freedom.