Pope Benedict’s former butler will serve his 18 month sentence under house arrest as he awaits a possible papal pardon, according to his lawyer.
Paolo Gabriele was jailed on Saturday after being found guilty of stealing sensitive Vatican documents.
Gabriele was arrested in May after the publication of a controversial book about the Vatican.
He was accused of stealing and copying thousands of the Pope’s private dossiers and leaking them to an Italian journalist.
President of the Vatican tribunal Giuseppe dalla Torre explained how judges reached their verdict:
“He took advantage of his position and the trusting professional relationship he had. He had access to sensitive information, which because of his status was in easy reach.”
Gabriele denied the theft charge and said he acted out of deep love for the Roman Catholic church.
His lawyer said prosecutors had agreed to Gabriele remaining under house arrest as a pardon by the Pope is highly likely.
Prosecutors had asked for a three year sentence during the week-long trial.