This is used for political purposes – convinced Minister Henryk Kowalczyk on TVN24, commenting on the case of Joanna. He added that “the time will come to clarify” whether the police exceeded their powers. Pointing out that taking abortifacients is not illegal in Poland, he replied: – It doesn’t matter if it’s legal or illegal, but it was just to check what Joanna had taken.
In recent days, there has been a discussion about the case of Mrs. Joanna, who about three months ago decided to take an abortion pill because the pregnancy was supposed to threaten her health. She felt bad both physically and mentally. She informed her doctor about it. In the Krakow hospital, she was interrogated and searched by the police. The officers took her laptop and phone.
In “Fakty po Faktach” Joanna said that she was “very harshly” treated by the officers. She also said that at one point policewomen told her to strip naked. “I was terrified then,” she admitted. Referring to the course of the police intervention, she assured that earlier, in a conversation with her doctor, she said that she “does not intend to do anything to herself”.
The court, examining the complaint about taking the phone and ordering its return, reminded the police that Mrs. Joanna was not a suspect, nor was she even considered to be charged
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Kowalczyk: It doesn’t matter if it’s legal or illegal, but it was just to check
Joanna’s case was discussed on Thursday in “One for One” Minister without Portfolio Henryk Kowalczyk.
– It is a great surprise that this discussion breaks out after three months. It is clearly being used for political purposes. Only. (…) Linking it to a crime, to the abortion law, is absolutely using it for political purposes – he argued.
Kowalczyk repeated the police version and claimed that the officers “were summoned by a psychiatrist, saying that there was a risk of suicide”. The police came because it was their duty. The search for evidence of a crime consisted in checking – even in a laptop – what was the drug she had taken – he said.
– As for the actions of the police and to what extent the police prevented suicide, whether they did not exceed their (powers), the time will come for clarification – said Kowalczyk.
The minister stated that Mrs. Joanna’s laptop was taken “if only to know what kind of medicine (she took), because it was ordered via the Internet”. “It’s obvious, it’s logical to me,” he added.
To the point that taking such drugs is not illegal in Poland, he replied: – It doesn’t matter if it’s legal or illegal, but the point was to check what it was, because this lady didn’t know, she bought it from an unknown source.
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