MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s High Court will rule on Wednesday whether to allow a final bid by Vatican former treasurer George Pell to overturn his convictions for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the late 1990s.
Pell, the highest ranking Catholic worldwide to be convicted of child sex offences, was jailed in March for six years, and would become eligible for parole in October 2022, aged 81.
The High Court will hand down its decision at 9:30 am (2230 GMT), the court’s spokesman said. If it grants leave to appeal, the case will be heard in 2020.
They were also wrong in shifting to the defense the burden of proving it would have been impossible for Pell to have committed the offences, the lawyers said.