Vatican leaks trial postponed until Dec. 7 after defendant changes lawyer


Nov 30 A high profile Vatican trial into the theft of confidential Holy See documents was postponed on Monday until Dec. 7 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 Dec. 8.

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.

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