September 10, 2008

Polish Premier Supports Chemical Castration for Some Paedophiles

Text of report in English by Polish national independent news agency PAP

Warsaw, 10 September: Asked about his opinion concerning the case of a 45-year-old man accused of imprisoning and raping his daughter, Prime Minister Donald Tusk called the situation a "tragedy" and said he would push for a law to require incorrigible pedophiles to be chemically castrated.

I would like Poland to introduce chemical castration not on request but as an element of the court sentence, Tusk told a news conference on Tuesday. I don't think that protection of human rights would apply to these kind of occurrences, he added.

Presidential minister Michal Kaminski told TVN24 that he did not know if the president signed a law introducing chemical castration but stressed "the president always supported severe punishment".

Kaminski admitted he himself agreed with the prime minister.

Prosecutors have been investigating claims that a 45-year-old man imprisoned and raped his daughter. The 21-year-old woman told police she had been held captive since 2002 and forced to give two boys up for adoption. Police are trying to find the boys to determine if the accused man is their father. Police detained him Friday.

Originally published by PAP news agency, Warsaw, in English 0901 10 Sep 08.

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