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Ex-papal butler spared jail,to serve time in house arrest-lawyer

VATICAN CITY, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Paolo Gabriele, PopeBenedict's former butler convicted of stealing sensitivedocuments, will serve his sentence under house arrest in hisVatican apartment while awaiting a possible papal pardon, hislawyer said on Saturday.

Cristiana Arru said the Vatican's promoter of justice, orprosecutor, had agreed to the conditions after a court handeddown a sentence of 18 months. Otherwise, Gabriele would have hadto go to an Italian jail since the Vatican has no such facility.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

((philip.pullella@thomsonreuters.com))

Keywords: POPE BUTLER/HOUSEARREST

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