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EX BUTLER FOR THE POPE WAS APPARENTLY MOLESTED BY POLICE DURING INCARCERATION
October 3 2012
Vatican City – The future for Paolo Gabriele is still very much up in the air despite a good deal of good news in the last few days. Gabriele is of course the former butler for Pope Benedict who has been charged with theft after leaking a number of private documents from the Papal enclave.
Gabriele’s defence scored major coup last week when the judge in the case decided to toss a good chunk of the evidence against him that was apparently gathered by Cardinals, who have no legal authority, possibly clearing the way for Gabriele to be freed.
However it appears that the trial is not the only trouble Gabriele has been having. In fact it appears that the butler, well former butler, has been severely mistreated by police while in custody, charges that are now being actively investigated by the very people who put him in jail in the first place. While only some of the details of his mistreatment were released, including being in small cell and having the lights on constantly, it’s believed likely that the people involved in the abuse have already been moved to other jails and been given a stern lecture, a common practice for employees of the Catholic Church who get a little too touchy feely.
“Conditions inside the police security room respected international standards and Mr Gabriele's rights were never violated. The light was left burning for security reasons and to prevent him harming himself,” said Vatican officials.
They also said that Gabriele has not been touched during his stay but they always say that.
Gabriele is facing four years in prison for stealing the documents which could easily have been avoided if he had become a priest instead of a butler.
“Clearly there are a lot of things going here aside from just the trial. The Vatican has very little crime because, well, there just aren’t very many people and most of them are Church people. Maybe it’s better to say that the country has very little crime that’s reported and is made public, that’s probably the best way to put it and so the whole system is on trial,” said Scrape TV Religion analyst Bertram Gas. “For them it’s really about how good or bad they are at doing this thing, at trying people and making sure they are treated properly and effectively and thus far they seem to have been doing a mediocre job, if these accusations are true.”
Technically lights being on are considered an annoyance and not cruel treatment by international law.
“I think the Vatican sees this as a chance to show the world that they can in fact participate in the criminal and judicial system as well as any other country. They may not want to do it on a regular basis, or at all really, but it does show that they can do it and that is important for them,” continued Gas. “It’s important because it shows that they are perfectly capable of doing this type of thing and when they don’t do it’s because it doesn’t need to be done. I mean they are able to do it and they don’t do it so clearly it doesn’t need to be done and that’s that, story over, let’s get back to praying.”
Gabriele has otherwise been unwilling to talk about his prison experience, insisting nothing else is wrong, nothing at all.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent