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'Pope's ex-butler spared jail, to serve time in house arrest'
Vatican City, October 06, 2012
First Published: 19:57 IST(6/10/2012)
Last Updated: 19:58 IST(6/10/2012)

Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict's former butler convicted of stealing sensitive documents, will serve his sentence under house arrest in his Vatican apartment while awaiting a possible papal pardon, his lawyer said on Saturday.

Cristiana Arru said the Vatican's promoter of justice, or prosecutor, had agreed to the conditions after a court handed down a sentence of 18 months.

Otherwise, Gabriele would have had to go to an Italian jail since the Vatican has no such facility.

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