A TEENAGE girl whose disappearance in Rome has remained a mystery for 30 years was kidnapped for sex parties by a gang involving Vatican police and foreign diplomats, the Roman Catholic Church's leading exorcist has claimed.
Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's chief exorcist, said Emanuela Orlandi was later murdered.
In the latest twist in one of the Holy See's most enduring mysteries, he said the 15-year-old was snatched from the streets of Rome in 1983 and forced to take part in sex parties.
"This was a crime with a sexual motive. Parties were organised, with a Vatican gendarme acting as the 'recruiter' of the girls," Fr Amorth told La Stampa newspaper.
"The network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up a victim of this circle."
The debate over who kidnapped Emanuela has raged in Italy for three decades.
It had been suggested she was abducted to be used as a bargaining chip for the release from prison of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill John Paul II in St Peter's Square in 1981.
But Fr Amorth dismissed this, saying a Vatican archivist had also come to the conclusion that Emanuela was abducted for sexual exploitation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)