Santiago, Chile, Oct 4, 2018 / 16:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago has exercised his legal right to silence after being summoned for questioning by a state prosecutor.
The intended questioning was likely to be focused on what the cardinal knew about his former archdiocesan chancellor, Father Oscar Munoz Toledo, who was arrested July 12 following allegations he sexually abused seven minors.
Munoz has already admitted to sexually abusing one minor, but investigators believe the archdiocese may have been aware of as many as four of his victims. Ezzati was called as prosecutors consider his involvement in a potential cover-up of Munoz’s crimes.
Ezzati was scheduled to appear at the prosecutor’s office on Aug. 21, but his defense team requested more time to review the allegations, according to Crux.
He attened a brief meeting with prosecutors Oct. 2, but apparently declined to answer questions.