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Sexual abuse victims demand compensation

The victims of sexual abuse by two former priests this morning filed an official letter demanding compensation.

The letter, from victims Lawrence Grech, Joseph Magro, Leonard Camilleri, Jason Camilleri, David Cassar, Noel Dimech, Angelo Spiteri, Raymond Azzopardi, Charles Falzon, Oliver Goodram, Paul Cauchi and Joseph Mangion was addressed to abusers Carmelo Pulis and Godwin Scerri, the Missionary Society of St Paul, the Archdiocese of Malta, the Prime Minister, the Education and Family ministers and the Attorney General.

In their letter, the victims claimed that the authorities knew that the people who were supposed to be looking after them were abusing them but did not do anything to stop what was happening. Mr Scerri and Mr Pulis were kept in a position in which they had absolute control over their victims.

The victims said they suffered damages because they could not lead a normal life.

They called for a meeting to be held within a week in order to quantify damages.

Lawyers Patrick Valentino and Franco Vassallo signed the letter.

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