Cardinal George Pell jailed for six years

epa07397871 Australia's most senior Catholic Cardinal George Pell (C) is seen in Melbourne, Australia, 26 February 2019. Australia's most senior Catholic Cardinal George Pell was found guilty on five charges of child sexual assault after an unanimous verdict on 11 December 2018, the results of which were under a suppression order until being lifted on 26 February 2019. EPA-EFE/DAVID CROSLING AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

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Australian Cardinal George Pell has been jailed by a Melbourne court for six years after being convicted of sexually abusing two boys in Australia. The cardinal, 77, maintains his innocence and has lodged an appeal.

Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, is the most senior Catholic figure ever to be found guilty of sexual offences against children

Pell was accused of abusing the 13-year-old choir boys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996.
Abuse survivors were among those who travelled to Melbourne on Wednesday to witness Pell’s sentencing before a packed courtroom.

Pell will be eligible for parole after three years and eight months. His appeal will be heard in June.



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