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Computer expert faces trial in Vatileaks scandal

Technician accused of helping remove confidential documents

Computer expert faces trial in Vatileaks scandal

Vatican City, November 5 - A new trial in the so-called Vatileaks scandal, which saw the pope's ex-butler convicted of stealing and leaking confidential Vatican papers, opened on Monday in the Vatican court. Vatican computer expert Claudio Sciarpelletti, 48, is accused of facilitating the documents' removal and circulation. The same judges who sentenced ex-butler Paolo Gabriele to one-and-a-half years in prison on October 6 for "aggravated theft" are presiding over Sciarpelletti's trial. The three-judge panel is led by Giuseppe Dalla Torre, flanked by Paolo Papanti-Pelletier and Venerando Marano. Claudio Sciarpelletti and his defense lawyer Gianluca Benedetti were present in the courtroom on Monday.

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