Pope updates Vatican criminal code
February 16, 2021
CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio updating provisions of the Vatican criminal code, explaining that portions of the law were “now outdated.” The document (issued with the Italian title Recante modifiche in materia di giustizia) provides that convicted criminals may win time off their sentences for good behavior. It also clarifies the rights of suspects in criminal cases, and allows for trying suspects in absentia. That provision may expedite the prosecution of suspects in the Vatican financial scandals, who may choose not to be present at their own trials.The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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