Cardinal George Pell will be released from prison after Australia’s High Court quashed his child sexual abuse convictions. He has been acquitted of the offences and will walk free from Barwon Prison today.
The full bench of seven judges were unanimous in their decision.
The verdict was delivered at 10am on Tuesday morning, and George Pell, 78, was not in the courtroom. His legal team will be informing the former financial controller of the Vatican at his jail cell.
“The High Court found that the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant’s guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted, and ordered that the convictions be quashed and that verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place,” the High Court said in a summary of their ruling.
Judgment has been delivered in Pell v The Queen