Brussels: Accusing the Vatican for supporting sexual assault cases, nearly 80 people are going to sue the country's Catholic Church and its highest authorities, Belgian media reported on Thursday.

The announcement comes days after the Belgian church said it was willing to pay compensation to victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

Belgian newspapers are quoting two lawyers handling the suit, Walter Van Steenbrugge and Christine Mussche, as saying it will run in parallel with compensation negotiations.

They quote Mussche as saying "all judicial means will be used to pursue flagrant violations of human rights, the rights of children and crimes against humanity."

The reports were posted on newspaper websites on Wednesday. They did not say when a suit would be filed.

Agencies