'Pope's ex-butler spared jail, to serve time in house arrest'

  • Reuters, Vatican City
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  • Updated: Oct 06, 2012 19:58 IST

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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