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Poland: Prosecutors overzealous in efforts to obtain secret tapes that could topple govt

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Poland’s Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet tells a news conference in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, June 19, 2014, that prosecutors and security officers broke no laws when they searched the office of popular magazine Wprost in an effort to seize as evidence materials that the magazine used when it recently published secret recordings of private conversations of top officials. The magazine’s chief editor, Sylwester Latkowski, put up resistance and demanded a court order. The authorities left without taking away any computers or recordings. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)The Associated Press

Poland's top justice official says prosecutors were overzealous while trying to obtain secret recordings of a compromising conversation between two top officials that threatens to topple the government

The weekly magazine Wprost last weekend released secret tapes of talks between Poland's central bank head and the country's interior minister in which they appear to be colluding over how the bank could help the governing party win re-election in 2015. That would violate the bank's independence.

On Wednesday, prosecutors were filmed trying to rip a laptop out of the hands of Wprost's chief editor. He resisted, saying he was protecting his anonymous source, and the officials left empty handed.

Justice Minister Marek Biernacki said Friday the prosecutors failed to assure Wprost that its source was protected and had used "inadequate measures."