Cred­i­bil­ity chal­lenge

The Southland Times - - WORLD -

Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell’s le­gal team is ar­gu­ing that the case against him should be thrown out of court and he should not stand trial on his­tor­i­cal sex­ual of­fence charges. At a hear­ing in Mel­bourne yes­ter­day, de­fence lawyer Robert Richter QC called for the charges against Aus­tralia’s most se­nior Catholic to be dis­charged be­cause of what he said were prob­lems with com­plainants’ cred­i­bil­ity. How­ever, mag­is­trate Belinda Walling­ton said is­sues of cred­i­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity were for a jury to de­cide. Richter also said one of the pos­si­ble mo­ti­va­tions be­hind the al­le­ga­tions could be to pun­ish a Catholic Church rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Aus­tralia over sex­ual abuse by other cler­ics.

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