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Pope's butler to stay behind bars 'for another few days'

First 50 days of detention are up

12 July, 15:39
Pope's butler to stay behind bars 'for another few days' (ANSA) - Rome, July 12 - The Vatican on Thursday extended the detention "for a few days" of Paolo Gabriele, the pope's butler accused of leaking secret church documents in the so-called Vatileaks scandal.

Church Spokesman Federico Lombardi said investigators needed to gather further testimony, after which point "formal interrogation of Gabriele" will commence. "All of this should happen within 10 or so days from now," he said. Gabriele has so far been questioned informally during his 50 days behind bars.

The church says nearly 30 people have been questioned in the case so far. But only Gabriele remains officially under investigation for allegedly giving the press documents that included letters to the pope and Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone from the Holy See's ambassador in Washington, Carlo Maria Vigano', who was the deputy governor of Vatican City when they were written.