George Pell due in court to fight historical sexual offence charges

Cardinal George Pell escorted by police arrives at the Melbourne Magistrates' CourtAustralia’s most senior Catholic cleric will return to court in Melbourne today for what is expected to be a month-long committal hearing as he fights historical sexual offence charges.

Some details can’t be reported for legal reasons, but here’s what we know so far about Cardinal George Pell’s case.

What charges is Cardinal George Pell facing?
Cardinal Pell is facing historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

He was charged by detectives from Victoria Police’s Sano taskforce in June last year and was granted leave by the Pope to return to Australia from the Vatican to fight the charges.

One of the charges was withdrawn by prosecutors during a hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

No other details can be reported for legal reasons.

Defence barrister Robert Richter QC told a previous hearing Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty.

“For the avoidance of doubt and because of the interest might I indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain his presumed innocence,” he said.

via George Pell due in court to fight historical sexual offence charges – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)