Charges reduced in Portuguese pedophilia trial


Jun 3, 2003
Charges reduced in Portuguese pedophilia trial
"In a high-profile pedophile case involving some of Portugal's most prominent people, a judge Monday suddenly dropped charges against two defendants and reduced charges against eight others, their lawyers said. Charges were dropped, for lack of evidence, against Herman Jose, a well-known comedian and television talk show host, and Paulo Pedroso, a spokesman for the main opposition Socialist Party until the scandal erupted... Manuel Abrantes, the former head principal of the Casa Pia children's home in Lisbon - from which young boys allegedly were lured by adults into acts of sexual molestation - also saw charges against him reduced, from 95 counts of sexual abuse to 51... The case has rocked the highest levels of political and social life in Portugal since the scandal became public in late 2002."

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