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Dominican authorities want strict punishment for Polish priest who abused Dominican minors

Chief prosecutor of the Dominican Republic has called for tough punishment for a Polish priest if he is convicted of abusing minors on the Caribbean island.

Francisco Dominquez Brito met on Monday with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Seremet to discuss the upcoming trial of the priest, identified as Wojciech G. The priest has denied charges of abusing six minors in the Dominican Republic and two in Poland.

Brito says stern sentences are needed to prevent abuse.

The date for the trial in Wolomin, near Warsaw, has not been set. Polish lawyers will represent the Dominican victims.

On Tuesday Brito flies to the Vatican to discuss the case of former papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic, suspended Polish archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, who is also accused of sexually abusing minors there.