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Butler took photos, videos of pope

19 October 2012, 09:38

Vatican City - Vatican investigators have found photos and short videos of Pope Benedict XVI filmed with a mobile phone by his butler Paolo Gabriele, the Corriere della Sera daily reported online on Thursday.

Gabriele was convicted by a Vatican court earlier this month of stealing confidential documents from the papal palace and leaking them to a journalist in an attempt to reveal fraud and intrigue in the Vatican.

Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in prison but is currently under house arrest in his Vatican apartment awaiting a possible pardon from the pope.

If he has to serve his sentence, Gabriele cannot do so in the Vatican as the tiny state - the world's smallest - has no prison and he would be transferred to an Italian prison under a diplomatic agreement between the two.



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