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article imagePope's butler formally questioned over theft of papal papers

By Katerina Nikolas     Jun 6, 2012 in World
Pope Benedict XVI’s butler was formally questioned by Vatican prosecutors over the theft of Papal papers on Tuesday. A Vatican judge said he could face six years in prison if convicted of stealing classified documents.
Digital Journal reported the arrest of the Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, 46, two weeks ago, following the discovery of stolen documents in his Vatican apartment.
Since then Gabriele has been held in a 12ft by 12ft secure room of the Vatican Gendarmerie, decorated only with a crucifix, whilst a criminal investigation is underway.
The Telegraph reported the Vatican cells are some of the least used in world, though they hold the occasional pickpocket. If convicted Gabriele will serve time in an Italian jail as the Vatican has no prison.
However, there is speculation that even if convicted, Gabriele may receive a papal pardon. The Telegraph quoted Vatican expert Father Thomas Reese who said "There's no way they're going to give him a heavy sentence for espionage and stealing state secrets."
According to the Guardian Gabriele has "promised to collaborate, suggesting he may name accomplices." Vatican magistrates are expected to rule this week if there is enough evidence to send Gabriele for trail.
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