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'Vatileaks' accomplice will not appeal sentence: Vatican

Published on Dec 2, 2012 6:07 AM

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - A computer programmer who was convicted in November of helping Pope Benedict XVI's butler engineer a series of embarrassing leaks will not appeal his two-month suspended sentence, the Vatican said on Saturday.

Claudio Sciarpelletti, who was convicted on Nov 10 and handed a two-month suspended prison sentence with a five-year probation, gave up his right to appeal on Nov 27, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.

Prosecutors have also agreed not to appeal, he said. Sciarpelletti's lawyer had said after the conviction that his client would appeal. Sciarpelletti's trial came just weeks after the pope's disgraced former butler, Paolo Gabriele, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking secret memos from the papal residence and spreading gossip about Vatican employees.

The leaks, which were published in a book by an Italian journalist, revealed fierce infighting in the highest echelons of the Catholic Church and allegations of serious fraud in the running of the Vatican city state.