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Australia: Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges at first court hearing 03:05

Australia: Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges at first court hearing

Australia, Melbourne
July 26, 2017 at 08:39 GMT -00:00 · Published

Cardinal George Pell entered a plea of not guilty at Melbourne magistrates court, Wednesday in the first hearing of the case of multiple historical sexual abuse offences against him.

Media, protesters and some supporters crowded outside the courthouse. One protester said he hoped that "tomorrow's children will not have to endure the type of stuff that I had to endure as a person."

A Pell supporter, Caron Baxter held a sign thanking Pell "for helping our family" and said she was worried about "a media witch hunt" stressing Pell was "innocent until proven guilty."

The magistrate ordered the prosecution serve a brief of evidence by September 8, 2017 and Pell to return ot the court for a committal mention on October 6.

76 year old Pell is Australia's most senior Catholic cleric. He has taken a leave of absence from his position as secretariat for the economy in the Vatican in order to fight the charges.

Australia: Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges at first court hearing 03:05
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Cardinal George Pell entered a plea of not guilty at Melbourne magistrates court, Wednesday in the first hearing of the case of multiple historical sexual abuse offences against him.

Media, protesters and some supporters crowded outside the courthouse. One protester said he hoped that "tomorrow's children will not have to endure the type of stuff that I had to endure as a person."

A Pell supporter, Caron Baxter held a sign thanking Pell "for helping our family" and said she was worried about "a media witch hunt" stressing Pell was "innocent until proven guilty."

The magistrate ordered the prosecution serve a brief of evidence by September 8, 2017 and Pell to return ot the court for a committal mention on October 6.

76 year old Pell is Australia's most senior Catholic cleric. He has taken a leave of absence from his position as secretariat for the economy in the Vatican in order to fight the charges.

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