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VATICAN CITY

Pope's ex-butler won't appeal conviction

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(ANSA) - Vatican City, October 11 - The pope's former butler
will not appeal his 18-month sentence for stealing confidential
Catholic Church documents, his lawyer told ANSA Thursday.
Paolo Gabriele is in any case likely to be pardoned by Pope
Benedict XVI, Vatican watchers say.
Gabriele's lawyer, Cristiana Arru, told ANSA she had not
filed an appeal by Wednesday's deadline.
Gabriele was found guilty on Saturday of stealing and
copying the pope's papers and leaking them to an Italian
journalist, sparking the so-called VatiLeaks furore.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said earlier
this week the pope had the power to pardon Gabriele and was
"very likely" to use it.
Prosecutors had called for a three-year sentence but the
Vatican court opted to give Gabriele half that term because he
had no criminal record and there were "mitigating
circumstances".
Gabriele had pleaded innocent to stealing documents but
admitted to leaking information to the press and said he was not
the only one to do so in recent years.
He said that he acted out of love for the Catholic Church
and thought the pontiff was being manipulated by some people
around him.
Some Vatican watchers have suggested that Gabriele is a
scapegoat and the victim of a power struggle among cardinals.
Gabriele, however, told the court last week that he had no
accomplices.
The leaked documents included letters to the pope and
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio 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.

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