Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cops Biased against Pell - Lawyer

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cops Biased against Pell - Lawyer

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LAWYERS for Cardinal George Pell have hit out at Victoria Police, saying they presumed him guilty while investigating complaints against him.

Yesterday, the first day of a preliminary hearing, Robert Richter QC said police had failed to follow recommended procedures for the prosecution of prominent people.

"There was a presumption of guilt," he said.

Mr Richter said his team had submitted 21 statements to police that were "exculpatory" (favourable to) of the cardinal, but they were not investigated properly.

The preliminary hearing is to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to commit the cardinal to trial on past sexual offence allegations.

Much of that hearing will be heard in closed court while complainants are cross-examined.

Earlier the cardinal made his way through lines of police as he arrived at court. Dozens of officers surrounded him as he walked a few metres from a car to the door of the court.

There is huge media interest in the case, with 27 outlets asking for a reserved seat in court. …

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