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High Court Overturns Cardinal Pell’s Abuse Conviction

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Cardinal George PellThe Australian High Court has overturned Cardinal George Pell’s conviction for child sexual abuse.

The former treasurer to the Vatican has been freed following the recent ruling.

The court said that the “evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof” and that the appellate court had failed to consider whether there “remained a reasonable possibility that the offending had not taken place”.

The cardinal, 78, was the most senior Catholic figure to have been jailed for abuse when a 2018 jury found against him in a case involving two boys in Melbourne in the 1990s.

He has repeatedly denied the allegations since being charged by police in 2017.

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