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Australia George Pell wins High Court appeal against child sex abuse convictions

03:26  07 april  2020
03:26  07 april  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Pell High Court decision due next week

  Pell High Court decision due next week Australia's Highest Court will hand down their decision on disgraced Cardinal George Pell's appeal bid next Tuesday.The High Court will hand down its judgment in his case on Tuesday.

Cardinal George Pell outside court in 2017. The high court of Australia has agreed to hear appeal arguments as he attempts to overturn his conviction Cardinal George Pell will have a final chance to overturn his conviction on historical child sexual abuse offences after the high court in Canberra

Pell , the world's highest Catholic official to be convicted of child sex abuse , was found guilty in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne after a Sunday mass.

Cardinal George Pell, pictured wearing a ceremonial cope in 2008, remains the most senior Australian member of the Catholic clergy © AAP / Paul Miller Cardinal George Pell, pictured wearing a ceremonial cope in 2008, remains the most senior Australian member of the Catholic clergy Cardinal George Pell will be released from prison after the country's highest court quashed his child sexual abuse convictions.

The decision has been handed down less than a month after the High Court of Australia heard two days of intense legal arguments from the Cardinal's lawyers and Victorian prosecutors.

The full bench's ruling was handed down by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel in an almost empty High Court registry in Brisbane, due to physical-distancing measures introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cardinal Pell, 78, has been serving a six-years jail sentence after he was convicted in 2018 of abusing two choirboys in the 1990s, when he was the archbishop of Melbourne.

He had been accused of committing the crimes after he found the boys swigging altar wine in the priests' sacristy after mass in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral.

More to come.

George Pell warns against regarding accusations as 'gospel truth' in first TV interview since acquittal .
In an interview with his long-time supporter Andrew Bolt, Cardinal George Pell warns against society regarding all accusations as "gospel truth" and hits out at the ABC's coverage of his case, saying the organisation is "partly financed by Catholic taxes".In an excerpt from the interview, which will be broadcast in full on Sky News tonight, Cardinal Pell said there was a risk society would move to a position where people were found guilty by accusation.

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