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Trial opens of Polish priest who abused Caribbean minors

Trial opens in Poland of priest who abused minors in the Dominican Republic, Poland

Trial opens of Polish priest who abused Caribbean minors

WOLOMIN, Poland (AP) -- A closed-doors trial has started of a Polish priest accused of abusing eight minors in the Dominican Republic and his own country.

The priest, Wojciech Gil, was brought on Friday to the court in the Polish town of Wolomin from a Warsaw prison.

He has been under arrest since February 2014 on charges of abusing six minors in the Caribbean island between 2009 and 2013 and two in Poland in 2000-2001. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He has denied the charges.

The media were barred from the courtroom and Gil was let in through the back door.

Gil is being tried in Poland because the eastern European country does not have an extradition agreement with the Dominican Republic, making a trial there impossible.


Updated : 2021-08-05 05:58 GMT+08:00