Vatileaks 2 trial continues

Second hearing terminates after 15 minutes

(ANSA) - Vatican City, November 30 - The second hearing in the so-called Vatileaks 2 trial against five people for allegedly leaking confidential Holy See documents ended after less than 15 minutes on Monday after the court decided to grant five days to the new lawyer representing defendant Francesca Chaouqui to prepare her defence. "I don't understand a thing, there's no proof against me," Chaouqui said after the hearing.
    "In the next five days we must discover why I'm here," the PR expert added. Chaouqui's co-defendants, investigative journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and his former assistant Nicola Maio, all attended Monday's hearing. Chaouqui, Balda and Maio are charged with leaking the confidential material and Nuzzi and Fittipaldi of using it in books published recently documenting Vatican waste and mismanagement and lavish spending by clergymen.
    Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui were both members of the now-defunct COSEA commission set up to advise Pope Francis on reform of the Holy See's economic-administrative structure.
   

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