The article is a reconstruction of axiological foundations of the presumption of innocence. The work is aimed at proving that the rule protects fundamental freedoms and human rights and due to that it is not possible to substitute it by a different rule of the penal process or to eliminate it completely because it could lead to an unlawful breach of fundamental rights of every human. The authoress indicates the values that are subject to protection while respecting presumption of innocence, and tries to answer the question why every man should be presumed innocent until a court pronounces a guilty verdict in force.
Anna M. Tecza-Paciorek, c/o Uniwersytet Wroclawski, pl. Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wroclaw, Poland
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