Cardinal George Pell was acquitted on all five counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s(Reuters Photo)
Cardinal George Pell was acquitted on all five counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s(Reuters Photo)

Cardinal George Pell to walk free from Australian jail after winning appeal

The verdict is a major victory for 78-year-old Cardinal George Pell , who had steadfastly maintained his innocence.
Brisbane | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2020 06:08 AM IST

Cardinal George Pell will walk free from jail after winning a long-running battle to overturn his child sex abuse convictions in Australia’s High Court on Tuesday.

The 78-year-old was acquitted on all five counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s, when the court overturned earlier decisions of a jury and lower appeals court.

The verdict is a major victory for Pell, who had steadfastly maintained his innocence.

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