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.
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.