Pope butler to remain in custody, probe to end soon
VATICAN CITY, July 12 – Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict’s butler who was arrested on May 23 on charges of leaking sensitive documents, will remain in custody for the time being, at least until the conclusion of an investigation in a few weeks time, the Vatican said today.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi (picture) told reporters that the Vatican had decided to keep Gabriele in a “safe room” in the Vatican’s police station for now. His lawyers had called for him to be transferred to house arrest.
Lombardi said a magistrate was expected to end a formal investigation in a few weeks and decide whether to clear the butler or order him to stand trial. – Reuters