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Vatican tribunal closes 2nd 'Vatileaks' case

Catholic World News - December 03, 2012

Claudio Sciarpelletti, the 2nd man convicted in the “Vatileaks” case, has dropped his appeal, and a Vatican tribunal has formally announced his sentencing.

Sciarpelletti, a computer expert at the Vatican Secretariat of State, was found guilty of obstructing justice, and given a sentence of 2 months in prison. That sentence was suspended by the tribunal, however, and he will not serve any prison time if his record is clear for the next 5 years.

Sciarpelletti was arrested after Vatican investigators found him in possession of a file marked “Personal-Paolo Gabriele.” Although the file did not contain any confidential material, Sciarpelletti gave investigators conflicting explanations about his reasons for having the file and his relationship with Gabriele, who has been identified as the sole source of the leaks of confidential Vatican documents.

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