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Vatican indicts former ambassador

Published 15/06/2015

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, papal nuncio for the Dominican Republic, is facing sex abuse charges. (AP)
Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, papal nuncio for the Dominican Republic, is facing sex abuse charges. (AP)

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been charged with sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country.

He is also accused of having child pornography on his computer and will stand trial next month in a Vatican court.

In a statement, the Holy See said Jozef Wesolowski will have his first hearing July 11.

The Holy See recalled Wesolowski in 2013 after rumours surfaced in Santo Domingo that he allegedly paid shoeshine boys to perform sex acts.

Wesolowski has since been defrocked and placed under modified house arrest inside Vatican City pending a decision by the Vatican criminal court on whether to indict him.

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