A Vatican computer expert will go on trial on November 5 for aiding and abetting the pope's former butler Paolo Gabriele, who was convicted this month of stealing papal documents, a spokesman for the Holy See said on Tuesday.
Claudio Sciarpelletti, a close friend of Gabriele,
works in the Vatican's Secretariat of State, equivalent to the prime
Gabriele received an 18-month custodial
sentence after admitting to leaking highly sensitive papers, including
letters to the pope, that alleged corruption in the Vatican's business
The leaks caused a crisis for the Holy See as it tried to distance itself from a series of scandals,
spokesman Federico Lombardi told a briefing following the release of
the full judgment on Gabriele that Sciarpelletti's trial would begin on
The 15-page ruling rejected Gabriele's argument that
he had acted to help the Church, saying his actions had been "harmful to
the workings of the Vatican and to the person of the Pope".
said there were still some days left for Gabriele to appeal against his
sentence, and that there was a "possibility" that Pope Benedict could
pardon his former manservant at some point in the future.
neither happened, Gabriele would be imprisoned in a cell which "has been
outfitted at the police barracks" inside the Vatican, Lombardi said.
Previously Gabriele's lawyer had said he would serve the sentence under
In the past, the Vatican has played down
Sciarpelletti's role, and has said he would face only a "light sentence"
if convicted. He spent one night in jail when he was arrested in May,
and was suspended from his job but not fired.