Former top Vatican diplomat busted for child porn in Canada -

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Former top Vatican diplomat busted for child porn in Canada

Monsignor Carlo Capella, 51, will likely stand trial at the Vatican city-state criminal tribunal. (GARETH CATTERMOLE/GETTY IMAGES)
A former top Vatican diplomat was jailed Saturday for his alleged Christmas season downloads of child pornography while visiting a Canadian church, officials said.
Monsignor Carlo Capella’s arrest came eight months after his recall to the Vatican from a diplomatic post in Washington, D.C.
He was put inside a cell at the barracks of the Gendarmerie — the Vatican police force, according to a Vatican press release.
Police in Windsor, Ontario, accused Capella of accessing the repugnant images from a social networking site during his holiday visit to an unidentified local church.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported the incidents occurred between Dec. 24-27, 2016. Capella was also cited for distributing the downloaded pornography, officials said.
The U.S. State Department informed the Vatican in August of the allegations, citing a “possible violation of laws related to child pornography” by one of its Washington-based diplomats.
Capella was immediately ordered back to the Vatican, and the Canadian police issued a nationwide warrant for his arrest the next month.
The Saturday arrest “comes at the end of an investigation on the part of the Vatican’s Promoter of Justice,” read the Vatican statement.
Capella, 51, was a high-ranking member of the Vatican diplomatic corps, serving in Italy as the Secratariat of State before his post at the U.S. embassy in 2017.
At the time of his removal from Washington, he was the No. 4 man in the Vatican embassy there. He was ordained as a priest in 1993 in Milan, Italy.
While some in Canada had urged his return to face criminal charges there, Capella will more likely stand trial at the Vatican city-state criminal tribunal. 

- ny news 

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