Pope Benedict's former butler -- who was arrested two months ago in an investigation of leaks of documents alleging corruption in the Vatican -- has written to the pontiff asking for forgiveness, his lawyer said today (July 24, 2012).
Paolo Gabriele, 46, was arrested on May 23 and placed under house arrest on Saturday (July 21) after 60 days detention in a small "safe room" in the Vatican's police station, according to the Reuters website.
Gabriele -- who worked in the papal household -- was arrested after police found a wealth of sensitive Vatican documents in the apartment where he lived with his wife and three children inside the Vatican.
Carlo Fusco, Gabriele's lawyer, said he expected a Vatican magistrate to formally close an investigation and order Gabriele to stand trial on charges of aggravated theft. It carries a sentence of up to six years in jail under the law of the world's smallest city-state. Gabriele would like to see a papal pardon after the trial, Fusco said.