Prosecutors seek four convictions, one acquittal, at Vatileaks trial
05 Jul 2016

Vatican prosecutors on Monday asked for sentences ranging from one year to nearly four years for four defendants accused of leaking or publishing sensitive documents depicting a Vatican plagued by graft.

The prosecutors in the so-called Vatileaks II trial asked for charges to be dropped against Emiliano Fittipaldi, one of the two journalists who published books based on the leaks last year, saying there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

The longest sentence requested was three year and nine months for Francesca Chaouqui, 35. An Italian public relations consultant, she was part of a now-defunct Vatican commission on financial reform.

The prosecution asked for a sentence of three years and one month for Spanish Monsignor Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda, also a member of the commission, and one year and nine months for his assistant, Nicola Maio.

During the trial Chaouqui denied Vallejo Balda’s suggestion that she had seduced him.

The three were charged with criminal association and conspiracy to divulge private documents. Sentencing at the trial, which began last November, is expected on Wednesday or Thursday.

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