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Vatican may bring criminal charges after man climbs onto roof of St. Peter's for 5th time

January 02, 2015

A Vatican prosecutor plans to bring criminal charges against an Italian man who has repeatedly climbed out onto the roof of St. Peter’s basilica in an effort to publicize his complaints about economic policies of the European Union.

Marcello di Finizio has been held in one of the Vatican’s few detention cells since he was arrested on December 21, after spending the night above the central loggia of the Vatican basilica. It was the 5th time that he had climbed out onto the roof, wielding banners and asking for the Pope’s help in his fight against European regulations.

A Vatican prosecutor will detail the complaint against di Finizio, and a Vatican judge will make the decision on whether he should face criminal trial.


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