George Pell might soon be at the end of his tether, as long-term ongoing investigations into allegations made against the Australian Cardinal now move towards a head.
“Victoria Police can confirm that it has received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions relating to a current investigation into historical sexual assault allegations. Detectives from Taskforce Sano will now take time to consider that advice.”
Pell, along with the Catholic Church, have repeatedly and vehemently denied all allegations levelled against the Cardinal. Pell’s office issued a short statement on the matter overnight.
“The Cardinal does not wish to cause any distress to any victim of abuse. However, claims that he has sexually abused anyone, in any place, at any time in his life are totally untrue and completely wrong.”
The issue with charging Pell, in this case, is that the Cardinal would have to voluntarily agree to leave Rome and return to Australia in order to have the charges heard.
“We don’t have and extradition treaty with the Vatican and potentially someone in Cardinal Pell’s position would be entitled to some sort of diplomatic immunity.”“I imagine there would be complex questions that arise if in fact Victoria Police do charge.”
The investigations into Pell remain on-going.