No corpse laboratory for Poland

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3 March 2005, WARSAW - Justice officials in Poland have warned controversial German anatomist Gunther von Hagens he will face prosecution should he open a special laboratory preparing human corpses for public display. Dubbed "Dr. Frankenstein" or "Dr. Death", Gunther von Hagens and his 89-year-old father Gerhard Liebchen have plans to make the sleepy western Polish village of Sieniawa Ziarska their global headquarters for preparing corpses for von Hagens' "Bodyworld" exhibitions. But under Polish law von H

3 March 2005

WARSAW - Justice officials in Poland have warned controversial German anatomist Gunther von Hagens he will face prosecution should he open a special laboratory preparing human corpses for public display.

Dubbed "Dr. Frankenstein" or "Dr. Death", Gunther von Hagens and his 89-year-old father Gerhard Liebchen have plans to make the sleepy western Polish village of Sieniawa Ziarska their global headquarters for preparing corpses for von Hagens' "Bodyworld" exhibitions.

But under Polish law von Hagens macabre speciality of sculpting human corpses into detailed anatomical statutes could be defined as a desecration of human remains and therefore subject to prosecution.

"Polish culture and received social norms show respect for and take seriously death, human ashes, burial sites and cemeteries and disposing of remains is very strictly regulated by law," Zielona Gora Chief Prosecutor Jan Wojtasik told Polands Rzeczpospolita daily.

Prosecutors would not hesitate to begin legal procedures against von Hagens should he go ahead with his plans for a laboratory in Sieniawa Ziarska, Wojtasik warned.

DPA

Subject: German news

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