A Vatican computer technician on trial for helping Pope Benedict XVI's butler leak secret memos with claims of corruption in the Holy See on Monday denied having close ties with his alleged accomplice.
Pope Benedict XVI and his former butler Paolo Gabriele (right) arrive at St Peter's Square for a weekly audience in 2006. A Vatican computer technician accused of helping Gabriele leak secret memos has denied "frequent contact" with his alleged accomplice at the start of his trial.
Claudio Sciarpelletti was attending the first hearing in his trial in the tiny state's courtroom, where it emerged that Vatican police had been tipped off to his links with disgraced ex-butler Paolo Gabriele via an anonymous note.
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