Polish couple jailed for abusing foster children

A Polish couple has been sentenced to five years in prison for physically and mentally abusing four foster children aged between six and twelve.
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The husband, a former Roman Catholic priest, and his wife were also banned from being foster parents for fifteen years.

The affair came to light after one of the abused children told a teacher at a primary school in Ostrów Wielkopolski, mid-western Poland, that he was afraid to go home, owing to punishments he would receive from his foster parents.

The court found that the foster parents had inflicted a wide range of abuse on the children, including beating them on the head with a pestle, tying them to a chair at night with tights, as well as kicking and slapping them.

Likewise, the parents regularly threatened to leave the children in an orphanage or abandon them in the woods in the middle of the night. (nh/rk)



President will visit Paris on Oct. 28

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07.10. Warsaw (PAP) – Poland’s President Andrzej Duda will pay a visit to Paris on October 28, Presidential Minister Krzysztof Szczerski announced on Wednesday.

While in Paris, Andrzej Duda will meet with French President Francois Hollande, the French PM, the heads of the two chambers of parliament and Poles living in France, he added.

“The decision has already been taken. The president will pay a bilateral visit to Paris on October 28 as part of a series of visits to important European capitals,” Szczerski told TVN24 television.

Asked about the date of a visit to Brussels, Szczerski said Andrzej Duda had already met with European Council President Donald Tusk. And the president will visit other European institutions when political emotions in Europe calm down a little, Szczerski added. (PAP)