January 27, 2021
By Sam Vassallo
Joseph Sultana, an 84-year-old priest, has pleaded not guilty to raping an altar boy.
Sultana, a well-known figure in Xagħra and its parish, was arraigned in court this morning in Gozo.
He is one of two priests arrested yesterday evening after hours of interrogation. The other was Joseph Cini, a priest in his 70s and ex-parish priest of Għasri. He will be arraigned separately.
Joseph Cini was previously accused of child abuse in Australia but refused to return to the country to face the accuser, who was also a former altar boy.
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