On November 12, the tribunal of the Vatican City State made public its ruling in the trial of Claudio Sciarpelletti, the computer technician who had been employed by the Vatican's Secretariat of State who was implicated in the "Vatileaks" case. The ruling was signed by Giuseppe Dallatorre, president of the Tribunal.
The Tribunal ruled that Sciarpelletti is "guilty of the offense of assisting in the elusion of the investigations by the Authorities" and "therefore sentences him to prison for four months". The ruling also said, "Pursuant to Article 26 of the Law of 21 June 1969, in view of the accused's service record and lack of previous convictions, the Tribunal reduces the sentence to imprisonment for two (2) months". The Tribunal "orders the suspension of the sentence for a period of five years, according to the conditions of law". In the light of Article 427 of the Penal Code, the Tribunal orders the suspension of "mention of the sentence on the record of previous offences until such time as the accused commits further offence".
In addition to the sentence, the Vatican tribunal ordered Sciarpelletti to pay for the costs of the trial even while it reimbursed him 1000 euros had he deposited earlier as bail.
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.