Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope's butler indicted as new vatileaks suspect emerges

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(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 13 - The Vatican announced on
Monday it was indicting Pope Benedict XVI's butler Paolo
Gabriele for the aggravated theft of secret Church documents,
but the case report says Gabriele suspected he was being used as
a scapegoat.
Making the indictment announcement was Vatican Spokesman
Federico Lombardi, who revealed that Claudio Sciarpelletti, an
IT expert who worked at the Holy See, has been indicted too for
aiding and abetting.
"(Sciarpellett's case) is less grave than Gabriele's," he
said. "He is not being indicted (as an accomplice)".
Lombardi added that Sciarpelletti, who knew Gabriele,
provided inconsistent testimony regarding the origins of an
envelop.
Gabriele's arrest on May 25 rocked the Catholic world after
months of sensitive Church correspondences surfacing in the
Italian media.
He is the only person to have been arrested in the
so-called VatiLeaks case and his lawyer said he acted alone.
However a case report released Monday showed that Gabriele
suspected other forces were at work shortly after his arrest.
"A scapegoat has been found," the pope's personal
secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, quoted Gabriele as saying
two days after he was jailed for what would be a two-month term.
Gabriele is now under house arrest.
Vatican experts and the media have speculated that the
butler is a pawn of a power struggle between cardinals, with
many suggesting Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, the
pope's right-hand man, is the intended target.
In the case report, Gaenswein added that Gabriele said his
conscience was "clean".
The leaked documents included letters to the pope and
Bertone from the Holy See's ambassador in Washington, Carlo
Maria Vigano, who was deputy governor of Vatican City at the
time they were written.
The letters contained allegations of corruption in the
management of Vatican City.
The Vatican has blasted the media's coverage of the leaks
affair and Bertone has accused journalists of playing at being
Dan Brown, saying they were guilty of "inventing tales and
peddling legends".
In a bizarre revelation Monday, the court report said that
investigators found a check for 100,000 euros made out to Pope
Benedict XVI in Gabriele's house.
His lawyer told ANSA that he does not know how it came into
his possession.
"He didn't even remotely plan on taking it," said Carlo
Fusco.
"It happened by mistake," he said, adding that it must have
gotten picked up with other papers.
In addition to finding the check, investigators also said
they found inside his home a gold nugget and a 1581 edition of
the Aeneid.
The items, including the check, were gifts to the pope, the
Vatican said.
The Vatican later announced that indicting Sciarpelletti
and Gabriele does not close the investigation.
It would neither confirm nor deny the possibility of
further indictments to come.

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