Cardinal George Pell targeted to punish Catholic church, defence lawyer says

Source: The Guardian

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Robert Richter says historic sexual abuse allegations against Pell invented by ‘thwarted’ people to punish the church

George Pell
 Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne magistrates’ court in March. His lawyer has said historic sexual abuse allegations against him are an attempt to punish the Catholic church. Photograph: Con Chronis/AFP/Getty Images

Cardinal George Pell has been targeted with historic sexual abuse allegations in an attempt to punish the Catholic church for its failure to prevent other instances of child sexual abuse, his lawyer has argued.

Pell, 76, has been charged with multiple historic sexual offences. He has vehemently denied the charges. Further description of the charges against Pell cannot be given for legal reasons.

On the final day of a four-week committal hearing at the Melbourne magistrates’ court on Tuesday, the head of Pell’s defence team, Robert Richter QC, suggested the most serious complaints against him had been invented by “thwarted” people to punish the church.

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