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Australia Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal
AFP, Melbourne

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell lost his appeal against child sex abuse convictions yesterday, prompting relief from victims who fought to bring one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful men to justice.
A former Vatican treasurer, Pell had been trying to overturn the verdicts and six-year sentence for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys at a Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s. The high-profile case pitted 78-year-old—who previously helped elect Popes, was a trusted papal aide and was involved in the church’s response to child sex abuse claims—against a former choirboy now in his thirties.
Pell, dressed in a dark suit, occasionally bowed his head as Chief Justice Anne Ferguson dismissed his arguments and described his victim as “very compelling” and someone who “was clearly not a liar, was not a fantasist and was a witness of truth.”
The ruling prompted cheers to ripple into the courtroom from a large crowd gathered outside, and produced emotional statements from victims, their families and advocacy groups.

 

Sudan sovereign council chairman sworn in
AFP, Khartoum

Sudan was taking further steps in its transition towards civilian rule yesterday with the swearing in of a new sovereign council and the appointment of a prime minister.
The body replaces the Transitional Military Council (TMC) that took charge after months of deadly street protests brought down longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April.
The first steps of the transition after the mass celebrations that marked the August 17 adoption of a transitional constitution proved difficult however.
The names of the joint civilian-military sovereign council’s 11 members were eventually announced late Tuesday after differences within the opposition camp held up the process for two days.

 

Minister confirms Canada will not repatriate ‘Jihadi Jack’
 AFP, Montreal

Canada does not intend to repatriate the Muslim convert dubbed “Jihadi Jack,” who is being held in northern Syria after joining the Islamic State group, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed Tuesday.
Jack Letts, 24, who was a dual UK-Canadian national, was captured by Kurdish forces in Syria in 2017 and is languishing in jail there. Goodale’s statement comes a day after Britain stripped Letts of his citizenship, placing his fate in Canada’s hands.
“We have no obligation to facilitate his travel from his present circumstances, and we have no intention of facilitating that travel,” Goodale said in an interview with the CBC.
Goodale had tweeted the same sentiment Monday before officially confirming it in the televised interview.

 

 

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