George Pell to be called to second royal commission hearings in Ballarat

The Guardian

Melissa Davey

Monday 1 June 2015

Cardinal George Pell has been asked to give evidence to the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse at its second hearings in Ballarat later this year.

On Monday afternoon, a commission spokeswoman said a person living overseas could not be summonsed by the commission to appear.

However, the commission had received a letter from Pell indicating that he was prepared to come to Australia to give evidence, the spokeswoman said.

“The royal commission will ask him to give evidence in the second of the Ballarat hearings,” she said.

Pell has repeatedly denied allegations of covering up abuse and has said he has always cooperated fully with the royal commission.

The announcement follows a call by child sexual abuse victim Peter Saunders for Cardinal George Pell to be removed.

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