George Pell: Cardinal’s bail revoked after sexual abuse conviction


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Cardinal George Pell has been remanded in custody after being found guilty of sexual offences against children in Australia.

The ex-Vatican treasurer abused two boys in 1996, a jury found in December.

Pell’s bail was revoked on Wednesday, placing him in custody for the first time. He is yet to be sentenced.

The cardinal is the most senior Catholic figure ever convicted of sexual abuse. He maintains he is innocent and has lodged an appeal.

A jury unanimously convicted Pell of one charge of sexually penetrating a child under 16, and four counts of committing an indecent act on a child under 16.

The verdict and details of the case had been kept secret until Tuesday due to legal reasons.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, the court was told on Wednesday.

Security guards led Pell out of a packed courtroom following a lengthy hearing.

The conviction has rocked the Catholic Church. Pell was considered one of the Pope’s closest advisers and spent five years overseeing the Vatican’s finances.

This is a breaking news story – more to follow.

Source : BBC


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