Lawyer denies Pell’s accuser ever received money for evidence

The lawyer for the man who gave evidence against George Pell at trial has denied her client ever received money, amid reports in the Italian media that Vatican funds were sent to people in Australia to help secure the sex assault conviction against the cardinal.

Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera have reported that one of Cardinal Pell’s rivals in the Vatican, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, is suspected of arranging for €700,000 ($1.14 million) to be wired to recipients in Australia to ensure evidence against Cardinal Pell.

Cardinal Pell in Rome on Sunday.Credit:AP

Cardinal Becciu has denied the allegations.

On Monday, lawyer Viv Waller, who represents the man who at trial in 2018 accused Cardinal Pell of sexually assaulting him in the 1990s, said she had seen the latest reports but rejected any suggestion that her client was connected to the allegations.

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