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    Pope's butler charged in 'Vatileaks' scandal

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    Pope Benedict XVI's butler has been arrested and charged with illegal possession of secret documents following embarrassing leaks that exposed alleged intrigue and corruption in the Vatican, a spokesman has said.

    Federico Lombardi said in a statement on Saturday that Paolo Gabriele, a layman who lives inside Vatican City, was arrested on Wednesday.

    The Vatican said a wider investigation would take place to see if Gabriele, 46, had any accomplices that helped him leak the documents.

    Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports.