The Straits Times
Published on Oct 02, 2012

Judge orders probe of Vatican police for alleged abuse of detained butler


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Vatican judge on Tuesday ordered an investigation of the Holy See's police force after Pope Benedict's former butler said he was held in a tiny room with the light on constantly for the first few weeks of his detention.

The judge ordered the investigation after Paolo Gabriele and his lawyer made the assertions on the second day of the trial where he is accused of aggravated theft.

Gabriele is on trial for stealing papal documents alleging corruption in the Vatican and leaking them to the media. Asked by his lawyer Cristiana Arru if it was true that for the first weeks after his arrest on May 23 he was held in a room so

narrow that he could not stretch out his arms, he said:"Yes."