Pope Benedict's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, will serve his sentence under house arrest in his Vatican apartment while awaiting a possible papal pardon, his lawyer said.
Cristiana Arru said the Vatican's promoter of justice, or prosecutor, had agreed to the conditions after a court handed down a sentence of 18 months. Otherwise, Gabriele would have had to go to an Italian jail since the Vatican has no such facility.
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