DCardinal George Pell, convicted of sexual abuse, is surprisingly released. The highest Australian court granted the 78-year-old minister’s appeal on Tuesday. The former number three in the Vatican is expected to be released later this day in a maximum security prison near Melbourne. Because of the corona virus restrictions, Supreme Judge Susan Kiefel pronounced the verdict in an almost empty courtroom in Brisbane.
The court has been dealing with Pell’s last possible appeal since March. In making its decision, the court followed the defense’s arguments, which indicated weaknesses in testimony.