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Vatican trial begins on alleged abuses at St. Pius X seminary

The Vatican’s Tribunal begins the trial in a case involving two defendants: Fr. Gabriele Martinelli, who is accused of sexual abuse, and Fr. Enrico Radice, who is facing charges of hindering an investigation.

A trial got underway on Wednesday morning at the Tribunal of the Vatican City State in a case involving two defendants: Fr. Gabriele Martinelli and Fr. Enrico Radice, the former rector of the St. Pius X Seminary.

Fr. Martinelli (who is represented by lawyer Rita Claudia Baffioni) is accused of sexual abuse allegedly committed between 2007 and 2012 against someone at the pre-seminary.

Fr. Radice (who is represented by lawyer Agnese Camilli Carissimi) is accused of obstructing the investigation into these matters.

The hearing began at 9:35 AM with the reading of the charges, and was adjourned until Tuesday, 27 October at 2:00 PM.

At that session, according to Giuseppe Pignatone, president of the Tribunal, the reservation on some evidence presented by the defense will be lifted, and the accused will be questioned.

14 October 2020, 17:43