Verdict due in Pope Benedict butler trial
- Published: 6 Oct 2012 at 10.49
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The biggest trial in modern Vatican history wraps up on Saturday with a verdict expected in the case of Pope Benedict XVI's ex-butler accused of leaking secret papers that revealed fraud scandals and intrigue.
Handout photo obtained on September 29, from the Osservatore Romano shows Pope Benedict XVI's former butler Paolo Gabriele (R) sitting in a courtroom for the start of his trial. The biggest trial in modern Vatican history wraps up on Saturday with a verdict for Gabriele over leaks of secret papers that revealed fraud scandals and intrigue.
Paolo Gabriele is accused of stealing hundreds of sensitive Vatican documents from the pope's palace including letters from cardinals and politicians and papers the pope himself had marked "To Be Destroyed".
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