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George Pell case returns to Vic court

Cardinal George Pell is back in court today. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

MELBOURNE, AAP – Cardinal George Pell’s legal team and the prosecution are due to appear before a Melbourne court for legal arguments about whether Australia’s most senior Catholic will stand trial on historical sex offence charges.

Pell, 76, has been excused from attending Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, when the defence and prosecution return for legal arguments following a four-week pre-trial committal hearing in March.

During the hearing, the defence repeatedly attacked the police investigation into Pell, with high-profile barrister Robert Richter QC accusing police of having tunnel vision and running a “get Pell” operation.

The investigation, code named Operation Tethering, began in March 2013 before any crime had been reported.

Pell was charged some four years later with historical sex offences involving multiple complainants, who gave evidence before a closed court at the committal hearing, as required by law in sex offence cases.

Pell denies all the charges.

It’s unclear when magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether Pell will stand trial.

The defence and prosecution have already made written submissions about the case ahead of Tuesday’s hearing.


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