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Vatileaks computer expert to appeal 2-month sentence

Sciarpelletti sentenced for helping butler remove pope documents

Vatileaks computer expert to appeal 2-month sentence

Vatican City, November 15 - A computer expert sentenced to two months in the so-called Vatileaks scandal, which saw the pope's ex-butler convicted of stealing and leaking confidential Vatican papers, said Thursday he would appeal the court decision. Vatican computer expert Claudio Sciarpelletti, 48, convicted of facilitating the documents' removal and circulation, will appeal the sentence, his defence lawyer said Gianluca Benedetti said. The same judges who sentenced ex-butler Paolo Gabriele to one-and-a-half years in prison on October 6 for "aggravated theft" presided over Sciarpelletti's trial. Sciarpelletti was found guilty of aiding Gabriele while working as a computer technician at the Vatican. Gabriele, a 46-year-old husband and father of three, was given an 18-month prison sentence following the separate trial after admitting passing documents to a journalist. Pope Benedict is widely expected to pardon him.

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