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Families of abused children to receive money

Polish Attorney General Andrzej Seremet says that his country’s authorities will pay EUR40,000 in compensation to each of the families of the victims of sexual abuse by Wojciech Gil (Father Alberto Gil) in the community of Juncalito, in Santiago province.

After signing a cooperation agreement with his Dominican counterpart, Francisco Dominguez Brito yesterday, Tuesday 26 May 2015, Seremet said that the matter is being settled with the families.

Seremet added that Gil’s conviction was the result of the work by the Dominican government through the Attorney General’s office and that the maximum sentence for this type of crime was 12 years in prison. A deal was struck for seven years under house arrest and the former priest is banned from engaging in the education of children under the age of 15. The EUR40,000 payment to each family is part of the settlement with Gil.

After the cooperation agreement was signed, Seremet met with the victims’ families. Seremet was also scheduled to visit Najayo jail with Dominguez Brito to learn about the Dominican prison system.

Referring to the case of the former Papal Nuncio Josef Wesoloski, also accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic, Seremet said that the case depended on cooperation between the Dominican Republic and Poland and whether the evidence could be produced to back up the accusations, as reported in Listin Diario. He said that it was very unlikely that the former nuncio would be extradited to the Dominican Republic. Wesolowski is in the Vatican under the protection of the Roman Catholic Church. Dominican prosecutors sent evidence of the case to the Vatican authorities, resulting in him being defrocked. Wesolowski was the papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic from January 2008 until he surreptitiously left the country and traveled to Rome after investigative TV journalists were on his trail, linking him to the Father Gil case.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

May 27, 2015

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