Pope Benedict XVI’s butler has been moved from detention to house arrest pending a possible trial for leaking private papers.
Paolo Gabriele is accused of passing on confidential documents to the media which allege corruption in the Vatican.
Many insiders believe he was a scapegoat in a wider, more sinister struggle. But at a news conference, his lawyer said Gabriele acted alone.
“We can say with absolute certainty that there was no network, there were no plots, either inside or outside the Vatican, that Paolo was part of,” Carlo Fusco told journalists.
It is nearly two months since Gabriele was arrested when police found secret documents in his apartment in what has become known as the ‘Vatileaks’ scandal. His lawyer says the butler’s actions were an “act of love” towards the Pope.
Under investigation for aggravated theft, he faces up to six years in jail if found guilty.