December 10, 2012

Explaining why they found a Vatican computer technician guilty of aiding and abetting the papal butler who stole private papal correspondence, Vatican judges said they found much of his testimony hard to believe.

The Vatican court Nov. 10 found Claudio Sciarpelletti, 48, a computer technician in the Vatican Secretariat of State, guilty of obstructing the investigation into the leak of Vatican documents.

The court gave Sciarpelletti a two-month suspended jail sentence.

An 11-page explanation of the Sciarpelletti decision was published Dec. 1, the same day that the Vatican announced that Sciarpelletti’s lawyer had dropped his request for an appeal of the guilty verdict.