Polish court hears defamation case brought by Kaczynski

September 6, 2022 GMT
FILE - Poland's deputy prime minister and head of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, on Feb. 22, 2022. A court in Warsaw is to open a privacy invasion case brought by Poland's most powerful politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski against a journalist who publicly alleges the leader is gay and thus exposed to political pressure. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
FILE - Poland's deputy prime minister and head of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, on Feb. 22, 2022. A court in Warsaw is to open a privacy invasion case brought by Poland's most powerful politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski against a journalist who publicly alleges the leader is gay and thus exposed to political pressure. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
FILE - Poland's deputy prime minister and head of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, on Feb. 22, 2022. A court in Warsaw is to open a privacy invasion case brought by Poland's most powerful politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski against a journalist who publicly alleges the leader is gay and thus exposed to political pressure. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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FILE - Poland's deputy prime minister and head of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, on Feb. 22, 2022. A court in Warsaw is to open a privacy invasion case brought by Poland's most powerful politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski against a journalist who publicly alleges the leader is gay and thus exposed to political pressure. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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FILE - Poland's deputy prime minister and head of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, on Feb. 22, 2022. A court in Warsaw is to open a privacy invasion case brought by Poland's most powerful politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski against a journalist who publicly alleges the leader is gay and thus exposed to political pressure. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A court in Warsaw on Tuesday opened proceedings in a defamation case brought by Poland’s most powerful politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, against a journalist who publicly alleges the leader is gay.

Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s ruling right-wing Law and Justice party, was not present in the capital city’s District Court, but was represented by his lawyers.

The court heard from journalist and YouTuber Jan Pinski who repeated his previous allegations. The court decided it will not hear witnesses in the case, which it adjourned indefinitely.

Kaczynski is demanding an apology and a retraction from Pinski, who made the allegations on his channel last year. He claimed that hiding his sexuality leaves Kaczynski, a 73-year-old bachelor, open to blackmail.

Kaczynski and the government run by his party have adopted a conservative and hostile approach to the LGBTQ community in Poland, and refused to allow same-sex marriage.

Kaczynski is also demanding that Pinski pay 10,000 zlotys ($2,000) to a hospice.