Tuesday 20 March 2018

Garry O’Sullivan: Eyes of world turned on Pope's medieval prison

Garry O'Sullivan The Vatican

WHEN the Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele was thrown into a Vatican prison cell after he was discovered in possession of stolen documents from the Pope's desk, few could have guessed that as well as the medieval architecture of his Vatican prison, the treatment would also be medieval and, if true, in contravention of human rights standards accepted around the world.

Paolo Gabriele alleged in court yesterday that his cell was so small he couldn't spread his arms.

Also, the lights were left on 24 hours a day for his 20-day imprisonment in his first cell. The head of the Vatican police who was present in court looked decidedly embarrassed by the revelations of mistreatment.

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