Croatian priests held for acquiring child porn

October 22nd, 2011 - 9:40 am ICT by IANS  

Zagreb, Oct 22 (IANS/AKI) Two priests have been arrested in Croatia for allegedly acquiring child pornographic materials via the internet.

Local media reports Friday said the priests from the capital city of Zagreb had been receiving pornography for the past three years, including photos of naked children and “explicit sex acts”.

One of the suspects who worked in a Zagreb Catholic hospital was later released, pending further investigation, but was suspended from his duties, while the second remained in detention, police said.

The operation was initiated by Britain’s Scotland Yard in an effort to block distribution of pornographic material involving children. Police said 25 people were being investigated in the operation and loads of pornographic material were seized during the search of 28 homes.

Such crimes in Croatia could result in a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.

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