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Pope's butler to testify at Vatican trial

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Pope's butler to testify at Vatican trial


Pope Benedict’s former butler is set to give evidence for the first time on the second day of his trial for stealing documents.

Paolo Gabriele, 46, has not spoken publicly since he was arrested in May for handing the papers to a journalist he hoped would expose corrupt dealings in the Vatican.

As a member of the pontiff’s most inner circle, his testimony will be closely followed for signs of his motives.

The case, dubbed “Vatileaks”, saw the butler imprisoned in the Vatican police station while investigators seized 82 boxes of evidence from the apartment where he lived with his wife and
three children.

If found guilty of aggravated theft, Gabriele faces up to four years in an Italian prison.

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