Vatican will prosecute Italian man for repeated stunts on St. Peter's roof
January 12, 2015
The Vatican has decided to bring criminal charges against an Italian man who has climbed out onto the roof of St. Peter’s basilica five times in a bid to call attention to his complaints about government policies.
Marcello di Finizio was arrested most recently on December 21, after he had spent the night on the roof above the central loggia of the Vatican basilica.
On four previous occasions, the Vatican had declined to press charges. But after the fifth such stunt, officials have announced that di Finizio will face criminal charges before a Vatican tribunal beginning on February 7.
The protester will be charged with defacing a place of worship and resisting security officials. He is free pending trial.
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