Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Vatican probes detention of pope's butler after complaints

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(ANSA) – Vatican City, October 2 – The Vatican on Tuesday
opened an investigation into the detention conditions of Pope
Benedict XVI's former butler Paolo Gabriele after he complained
about the size of his prison cell.
Gabriele is on trial at a Vatican court for allegedly
stealing confidential Church papers.
He told the court that he "couldn't even open his arms" in
the first cell where he was detained following his arrest on May
23, adding that for the first 15-20 days the lights were always
left on.
"There was no light switch," Gabriele told the court. "The
light was on 24 hours a day and this has also led to a reduction
in my eyesight".
He added that on the first night he was subjected to
pressure and also denied a pillow.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said afterwards
that the probe had been opened to verify possible violations in
Gabriele's treatment, but also to establish "whether there have
been unfair accusations against the judicial authorities".
Lombardi described the defendant's detention conditions as
"very humane" and said that even the smaller cell in which he
was originally detained "respected international standards".
Meanwhile the Vatican Gendarmerie said in a statement that
Gabriele had benefitted from "special attention" during his
detention and that the light had been left on for security
reasons and to prevent possible incidents of self-injury by the
prisoner.
The Vatican police corps also said that Gabriele could be
liable to a counter-accusation should the charges turn out to be
unfounded.

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