Vat­i­can trial post­poned

Lesotho Times - - International -

ROME — A high pro­file Vat­i­can trial into the theft of con­fi­den­tial Holy See doc­u­ments was post­poned on Mon­day un­til 7 De­cem­ber af­ter one of the five de­fen­dants changed their lawyers, a court of­fi­cial said.

The trial of a se­nior Span­ish priest, his aide, an Ital­ian con­sul­tant and two re­porters opened last week and the court had hoped to reach a ver­dict be­fore the start of the Ro­man Catholic Holy Year, which kicks off on 8 De­cem­ber.

How­ever, PR con­sul­tant Francesca Chaouqui has hired a new lawyer, who asked the court for more time to pre­pare her de­fence. The panel of three non-cler­i­cal judges hear­ing the case agreed to the re­quest. — Reuters

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