Thursday, 9 April 2020
Cardinal freed from jail
"Cardinal George Pell has been freed from jail after Australia's highest court overturned his conviction for child sexual abuse."
"The former Vatican treasurer, 78, was the most senior Catholic figure ever jailed for such crimes."
"In 2018, a jury found he abused two boys in Melbourne in the 1990s."
"But the High Court of Australia quashed that verdict on Tuesday, bringing an immediate end to Cardinal Pell's six-year jail sentence."
"The Australian cleric had maintained his innocence since he was charged by police in June 2017..."
"In December 2018, a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys in private rooms of St Patrick's Cathedral in the mid-90s - when the cleric was Archbishop of Melbourne..."
"Covid-19 restrictions meant just three people were allowed into the public gallery of the courtroom in Brisbane, the home town of the chief justice where the High Court sat."