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Pope's former valet will not appeal 'Vatileaks' conviction

October 11, 2012

Paolo Gabriele will not appeal his conviction by a Vatican tribunal.

The deadline for appealing the tribunal’s decision passed on October 10. Cristiana Arru, the lawyer for the Pope’s former valet, has disclosed that she did not file an appeal.

Gabriele, who was convicted on charges of aggravated theft and sentenced to an 18-month prison term, evidently is hoping that he will receive a pardon from Pope Benedict XVI. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, has confirmed that a papal pardon is likely.


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