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Prosecutors urge High court to reject Pell's final appeal bid

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Victorian prosecutors are urging the High Court of Australia to reject the final appeal bid made by disgraced cardinal George Pell.

Yesterday the Director of Public Prosecutions released a statement confirming they had filed a summary of their argument in response to Pell's leave application that was lodged last month.

The Ballarat-born cardinal maintains his innocence, with his lawyers arguing the Court of Appeal judges made an error in their findings in August, and that the offending was impossible.

Should the bid for a High Court hearing be approved, a substantive hearing will be scheduled for 2020.

In August, Pell's child sex convictions were upheld in the Court of Appeal, two votes to one.

Pell is currently serving a minimum non-parole period of three years and eight months, after he was senteced to six years imprisonment in March for the historical sexual offices.

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