A 54-year-old priest from Rabat is due in court to face charges of violent sexual abuse against a mentally unstable patient.

He is also being accused of holding the woman against her will and committing indecent acts in public.

The incidents are alleged to have taken place at various locations over a period of years. The woman, in her 40s, was receiving treatment following a suicide attempt at the time the sexual assaults allegedly took place.

The police are also investigating claims of sexual abuse against the priest made by other women.

The priest is denying all charges.

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