Letter on social media sparks investigation

Cardinal George Pell (CNS/Stefan Postles, Reuters)

Authorities are investigating whether a letter circulated on social media, reportedly written by Cardinal George Pell, is in violation of prison rules. Source: News.com.au.

Cardinal Pell, 78, is the highest-ranking Catholic cleric to be found guilty of child sex abuse.

Authorities are investigating whether the letter, dated August 1 and spread on Twitter, breaches rules forbidding prisoners from posting on social media or using the internet, or asking others to post on their behalf.

The letter was posted on Twitter on Friday night by an account called “Cardinal George Pell Supporters”.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Justice of Victoria, where Cardinal Pell is in prison, said the letter was being investigated.

“(The department) will thoroughly investigate this social media activity,” the spokeswoman said.

“Any prisoner found to be contravening prison regulations faces disciplinary action.”

The spokeswoman did not confirm whether the letter was written by Cardinal Pell.

Cardinal Pell was sentenced in March to serve at least three years and eight months in jail for child sexual abuse. He has appealed against the conviction, and is awaiting a ruling of the Court of Appeal following a two-day hearing in early June.


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