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Four Corners

ABC

In the American city of Philadelphia, in the early 2000s, a team of skilled and dedicated lawyers embarked on an investigation led by a formidable district attorney. What they uncovered was the hidden story of one of the worst criminal cover-ups in America's history. The investigation began with a simple question: Why, in 50 years, had only one Catholic priest been officially investigated for child abuse? In a city with a strong Catholic presence, this seemed remarkable, at a time when revelations of clergy abuse were making headlines across America. Shocking cases in another US city, Boston, prompted DA Lynne Abraham to ask whether the same thing could have occurred in her town. What they uncovered - a hidden history of abuse and deception - shook the investigators and their community to the core. Equally shocking were the lengths the Catholic Church hierarchy went to, to keep their secrets hidden. Their major breakthrough came when they found one senior church elder who was prepared to break the informal code of silence, and tell the truth. For the first time, in this program by filmmaker Annie MacGregor, the then district attorney and her team of prosecutors, investigators and expert advisors, come together to give a step by step account of how they took on the powerful Catholic church establishment in Philadelphia to expose its dark secrets. The fallout from this landmark inquiry continues, with one leading Church official still before the courts in the US.

43:19 | News and current affairs
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Four Corners

ABC

It was one of the more bizarre moments of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. At a press conference at Trump Tower in New York to declare his loyalty to the Republican Party, Donald Trump was flanked by guests from Indonesia, and made a big show of announcing one very special guest. It was unclear why the Indonesians were there, or why Trump was making such a fuss of them. Now a Four Corners investigation will reveal how Trump, as he was closing in on his political rivals, was negotiating luxury resort deals in Bali and Java, raising serious questions about presidential conflicts of interest. In Bali, plans are under way to Trumpify one of the most iconic and sacred sites in Bali - Tanah Lot. But curiously, for a tourist destination usually keen to talk up what the island paradise has to offer, government officials are not keen to talk about the proposed Trump Tower development. In a second development on Java, the deal to build a massive gaudy theme park and resort development has been inked, leaving local farmers frightened of what the future holds. Four Corners investigates how these deals were done through an unholy alliance formed between Trump and controversial business and political figures in Indonesia. Trump's business partners have a troubling history with ties to the corrupt Suharto regime. While at home in the US, Trump rails against Islamic extremism. In Indonesia, he has formed political alliances with politicians aligned with Islamist forces.

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