We asked the lawyer about the photos shown at the ministerial conference. The materials concerned pedophilia and zoophilia | Policy

During Monday’s joint press conference of the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, the chief commander of the Border Guard, Maj. Gen. SG Tomasz Praga and the head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz B³aszczak Pictures were shown on the slides, which, according to the authorities, were to be found on the telephones of several dozen migrants detained after crossing the Polish-Belarusian border. Migrants are staying in a closed center.

As Stanisław Żaryn from the Department of National Security reported at the conference KPRM, some of the detained have “possible connections with terrorist organizations, criminal offenses, people smuggling, document forgery”.

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One of the slides showed a photo of a man having sexual intercourse with an animal, while other photos were to show pedophile phone owners’ tendencies.

– Those who storm the Polish border, have had or have contacts with terrorist organizations, this group includes criminals, disturbed people – commented the head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak.

– Some of these photos are drastic, indicating that we are dealing with people who have something to do with criminal groups, sexually distorted people – said the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration Mariusz Kamiński.

The photos shown at the Monday conference triggered a wave of critical comments in the media. Many people, including opposition politicians, pointed to factthat such materials should not be presented to the public. The more so because, according to the provisions of Polish law, pornography with the participation of minors and animals is prohibited.

Dr Wojciech Górowski: The question is whether it is still pornography

We asked dr. Wojciech Górowski, attorney-at-law, assistant professor at the Department of Criminal Law of the Jagiellonian University.

– There are laws that explicitly prohibit the public presentation of pornographic content with the use of animals and minors. You cannot have such photos, display them, you cannot even store them on your own phone. This is a publicly prosecuted crime, which means that after obtaining information, the prosecutor’s office may take appropriate action – confirms Dr. Wojciech Górowski in an interview with Gazeta.pl.

As he adds, “formally, proceedings could be initiated”. – However, there is an important caveat: in the photo, the intimate organs of humans and animals are covered. So the question is, is it still animal pornography? This is a matter for evaluation – says the expert.

– It is important here that the prohibition of presenting the so-called “hard” pornography results from the need to protect a person’s sexual freedom against the promotion of deviant behavior. Hence, the mere fact of covering a piece of the photo does not mean that there was no crime, since the presented image clearly shows a specific scene – believes Dr. Wojciech Górowski.

Dr. Wojciech Górowski emphasizes that “the prosecutor’s office should certainly initiate proceedings in relation to the possession of the photograph by the owner of the phone it came from”. – If someone appeared with this photo in Poland, he should be prosecuted – he emphasizes.

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The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, announced on Monday that “there will be appropriate materials for prosecutor’s office successively passed after all these threads have been thoroughly verified. “

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