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Poland suspends paedophilia investigation against archbishop

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John Beauchamp 19.12.2014 16:51
Poland’s public prosecutor suspended an investigation into statutory rape charges against Roman Catholic Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the former papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic.
Archbishop Jozef WesolowskiArchbishop Jozef Wesolowski

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski

Blaming lack of cooperation from the law enforcement authorities in the Dominican Republic, where the alleged sex abuse of minors took place, the Warsaw prosecutors announced suspension of the investigation on Friday.

„The Dominican side failed to respond to the requests from the Polish prosecutors for legal help and we have no information when they will be met,” a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office told Polish Radio.

The archbishop, who allegedly abused dozens of children during his spell as the nuncio, or the papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, is currently under home arrest in the Vatican.

The Vatican authorities have promised to put Wesolowski on trial. It is expected to begin next year.

The archbishop faces up to seven years in prison. In Poland his offence carries a maximum penalty of 12 years. (an)

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