Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Vatican indicts pope's butler plus IT expert in leaks case


(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 13 - Pope Benedict XVI's
butler Paolo Gabriele has been sent to trial for aggravated
theft after being found in possession of illegally obtained
Church documents, the Vatican said on Monday.
Claudio Sciarpelletti, an IT expert who worked at the Holy
See, has been indicted too for aiding and abetting.
Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi said that Sciarpelletti
is not considered an accomplice and is suspected of a
less-serious crime than Gabriele.
"(Sciarpelletti'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
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.
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.
Vatican experts and the media, however, have speculated
that he 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.
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".
Benedict is said to be baffled by the case and the alleged
actions of Gabriele, whom "he loved like a son," says Bertone.

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