Decision on pope's butler due next week

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Posted: Aug 08, 2012 7:42 AM
Decision on pope's butler due next week

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it will announce its decision Monday on whether to order the pope's butler to stand trial in the theft and leaking of secret documents that have embarrassed the church.

Paolo Gabriele was arrested May 23, so far the only person ensnared in a criminal investigation. He was released under house arrest July 21 pending a decision on whether to indict him.

Gabriele's lawyers have told reporters that Gabriele had fully cooperated with the investigation, and that they would be ready to face a trial in case of an indictment, which they say they expect. They deny that he was part of any conspiracy.

The documents point to corruption and power struggles in the church hierarchy.