Paedophilia cases shown in documentary to be investigated

Justice Minister and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro appointed a team to investigate and analyse the paedophilia cases presented in Tomasz Sekielski’s “Just Don't Tell Anybody” (“Tylko nie mów nikomu”) documentary, State Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Ewa Bialik said on Monday.

Tomasz Sekielski’s “Just Don't Tell Anybody” documentary that presents instances of priests sexually abusing minors premiered on its director’s YouTube channel. The documentary follows paedophile priests’ victims who recount their situation and trauma to lawyers and psychologists. The victims confront the priests who abused them.

According to deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki, some of the cases revealed in the movie may be eligible for investigation. “Most of the cases are from the past and at least two of them saw the perpetrators sentenced. The most important issue is that the punishments are too lenient. In my opinion, the penalties should always involve years-long imprisonment,” said Mr Jaki.

“The movie leaves an impression. One thing is certain – we need to relentlessly fight paedophilia everywhere, wherever an adult may harm a child in the foulest of ways, whether at school, a summer camp, among scouts, on a retreat or within other organisations. Zero tolerance! Be vigilant! Talk with your child!” tweeted Poland’s President Andrzej Duda.

Limitation period should definitely be annulled: Schetyna

“One who raises his hand against Polish children does so against Poland,” said the European Coalition (KE) caucus leader Grzegorz Schetyna and presented three overhauls related to the crime of paedophilia.

“We are of the opinion that the limitation period should definitely be annulled with regard to crimes of paedophilia,” stressed Mr Schetyna, adding that “an absolute ban on work with children and youth should be imposed on the sentenced individuals. Finally, we want to propose a team of specialised prosecutors appointed by the Children’s Ombudsman. These prosecutors will be delegated to investigate such cases… This draft law will be put on the Sejm [Lower House] speaker’s desk within an hour.”

Mr Schetyna and Civic Platform (PO) MP and former justice minister Borys Budka said that “we treat crimes against children as crimes against humanity.”

Meanwhile, the Polish People’s Party (PSL) leader Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz said that the documentary “is by no means an attack on the [Catholic] Church”, adding that “its very good that the word ‘pain’ was used by the Primate of Poland and that he apologised. This, however, is not enough.” Mr Kosiniak-Kamysz also said that he would like the Polish Episcopate to meet with Pope Francis and hear “the Holy Father’s decision.”