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Vatican Scandal: Pope’s butler and accomplice will be judged


Vatican court announced Monday that they would consider not only the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, for the scandal dubbed “Vatileaks” on leaks of confidential documents but also his accomplice whose name appears for the first time, Claudio Sciarpelletti, a computer technician in the Secretariat of State.
Piero Bonnet released a statement at the Vatican that Paolo Gabriele will trialed for theft aggravated, including accomplice Claudio Sciarpelletti.
Sciarpelletti M is an analyst and programmer at the Secretariat of State, the government center of the Vatican.
At a press conference, the Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi said the latter was not really an accomplice and he had a “marginal role”.
Paolo Gabriele, 46, arrested on May 23, was assigned to his home in the Vatican on July 21 after 53 days of detention in a cell of the palace of justice , behind the Basilica St. Pierre, in the absence of prison.
So far, he was the sole defendant in the case Vatileaks transmitting hundreds of secret documents Italian journalists in January.

Gabriele is accused of stealing from the desk of Bishop Georg Gänswein, private secretary of Pope, many letters and emails ultra-secret, some addressed to Joseph Ratzinger, and have copied for transmission to the the public.
Gabriele, married with three children, pious and discreet man, who is a Vatican national, had started working for the Pope in 2006 as a butler. He was responsible for preparing his ceremonial robes and accompanied him in the Popemobile.

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