Wesolowski free, but limited to the Vatican
The former Papal Nuncio in the Dominican Republic, 65-year old Jozef Wesolowski who is accused of pedophilia, has been under house arrest in the Vatican since September, pending a decision on whether to indict. According to the latest reports, he is now free but is not allowed to leave the Vatican State.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said that the release order was given due to his state of heath but he has to stay within the boundaries of Vatican City and there are restrictions on contact with anyone on the outside.
Lombardi said that investigations are continuing, and he has been questioned once and more interrogations will follow.
Lombardi made the comments during a visit to the Vatican earlier in the week by Dominican Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito. Dominguez made a first stop in Poland where local prosecutors are hearing the case against another Polish priest, Wojciech Waldemar (Alberto Gil) and said they could also try Josef Wesolowski, given his Polish citizenship. Dominguez Brito met with his Vatican counterpart, prosecutor Gian Piero Milano and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu to discuss the case.
Wesolowski is the highest profile case of clerical pedophilia to be publically exposed and the case has received worldwide media attention. The Roman Catholic Church has been accused of covering up for accused priests.
Wesolowski was recalled to the Vatican on 21 August 2013 after a Santiago TV journalist broadcast an incriminating report on both Polish priests and TV journalist Nuria Piera was on the trail of Wesolowski and his dealings with young street boys in Santo Domingo. As reported in the press, Wesolowski allegedly paid shoeshine boys for sexual acts.
As reported, Dominguez Brito said he was confident the case would create a precedent.
The Vatican confirmed that on Tuesday, 2 December 2014, Pope Francis held an audience with Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, who replaced Wesolowski.
The Attorney General Office reported that Dominguez Brito greeted Pope Francis who was attending an event in St. Peter’s Square. As reported, the Pope spoke of the importance of the truth prevailing in the case against the formal papal nuncio.
Source: DR1, 7dias
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