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Pope's butler charged over Vatican leaks

  • The Pope's butler has been charged in connection with the Vatican's inquiry into a series of media leaks.

    Vatican magistrates have formally charged 46-year-old Paolo Gabriele with illegal possession of confidential documents.

    Gabriele is suspected of leaking documents alleging corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts. The scandal has been dubbed “Vatileaks”.

    This comes a month after Pope Benedict XVI set up a special commission of cardinals to find the source of the confidential memos.

    Gabriele is the Pope's personal butler and assistant, and one of the very few with access to his private apartments.

    If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 30 years for illegal possession of documents of a head of state. He would likely serve time in an Italian prison due to an agreement between Italy and the Vatican.

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