Vatican officials to be called to testify at ‘VatiLeaks’ trial

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December 7, 2015

Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui, a member of the former Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See, arrives for the third hearing of the"VatiLeaks" case at the Vatican Dec. 7. (CNS photo/Massimo Percossi, EPA) See VATILEAKS-TRIAL-TESTIFY Dec. 7, 2015.

Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui, a member of the former Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See, arrives for the third hearing of the”VatiLeaks” case at the Vatican Dec. 7. (CNS photo/Massimo Percossi, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Vatican judges have granted a request by one of the defendants to have several prominent Vatican officials take the stand and testify in the so-called “VatiLeaks” trial regarding the leaking and publication of confidential documents.

Following deliberations Dec. 7, Giuseppe Dalla Torre, the presiding judge, along with three other Vatican judges, agreed to the request made by Francesca Chaouqui, a defendant who was a member of the former Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See.

The witness list requested by Chaouqui’s lawyer, Laura Sgro, was granted despite objections made by Vatican prosecutors. However, the judges said that they may only take the stand to testify on specific matters regarding the case and not as character witnesses for Chaouqui.

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