Friday 15 November 2019

Vatileaks trial a farce, says lawyer for soldier

Nick Squires Rome

A lAWYER representing the mother of a young soldier in the Pope's private army has claimed the Vatileaks trial is "a farce".

Cpl Cedric Tornay was accused of shooting dead the commandant of the corps and his wife before committing suicide.

The double murder and suicide in May 1998 was the biggest scandal to hit the Holy See for years.

But the soldier's mother has insisted that her 23-year-old son would never have taken his own life, amid speculation the real killer was never caught.

Lawyer Luc Brossolet said the Vatileaks trial was being carefully managed by the Vatican, which was hiding the truth.

"The mother of Cpl Tornay already has sad experience of this," he wrote in a letter to 'La Repubblica'. "I fear this trial will be a farce."

The trial of Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's once-trusted valet, will resume on Tuesday.

In an anonymous interview before his arrest, Mr Gabriele called the Vatican, a place where "you can commit a murder and then disappear into the void".

Cpl Tornay's mother has called on Pope Benedict XVI (85) to reopen the case, so far without any success.

"If this was a real trial the judges would be trying to establish more about the lies that Gabriele has referred to," Mr Brossolet said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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