Pope's butler charged over leaks scandal

By REUTERS
May 26, 2012 15:01

VATICAN CITY - Vatican magistrates on Saturday formally charged Pope Benedict's butler with illegal possession of secret documents and said a wider investigation would take place to see if he had any accomplices who helped him leak them.

A statement referred to Paolo Gabriele, 46, who was Benedict's butler until he was arrested on Wednesday, as "the defendant". It said a preliminary investigation had been upgraded to a "formal investigation," meaning he had been formally charged.


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