Samstag, 21. September 2013

South Africa frees German paedophile suspect on bail

South Africa has released a German Catholic priest, wanted for child abuse by Germany, on bail but will put him on trial in November for committing similar acts in the country, sources said Friday.

The priest, whose identity was not given but who was said to be in his fifties and from Aachen in western Germany, was arrested on September 13 as he left a court in the northern town of Brits where he was standing trial for assault and acts of indecency.

The arrest was based on an international warrant and a German extradition request issued several years ago, sources familiar with the case said.

Bail was set at 5,000 rands (375 euros/$505) and his release was conditional on staying in Kwazulu-Natal province where he is being hosted by the Ishowe diocese.

The South African trial will open on November 8.

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