A FORMER Vatican ambassador to France was convicted of sexual assault by a Paris court on Wednesday, December 16.
Luigi Ventura, 76, who was able to be prosecuted when his immunity was lifted by the Vatican in July last year, was given an 8-month suspended prison sentence after being convicted of assaulting five men in 2018 and 2019.
The case erupted in February 2019 amid multiple sex scandals affecting the Catholic Church and the five men came forward claiming that Ventura, who has denied any wrongdoing, had got hold of [their] buttocks ”during his public diplomatic duties in France.
The former Vatican ambassador did not attend the hearing because, according to a doctor’s note, the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in France made “it was too dangerous for him to travel from Rome to Paris for the trial”.
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