Paolo Gabriele (bottom left) had worked as the Pope's personal valet since 2006
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Paolo Gabriele trial: Pope butler evidence thrown out

29 September 2012 Last updated at 19:04 BST

Vatican judges have refused to admit key evidence in the trial of the Pope's former butler, charged with stealing sensitive documents.

Paolo Gabriele's lawyers had asked to include evidence gathered by cardinals who carried out an inquiry into the "Vatileaks" scandal for Pope Benedict.

But judges at the high-profile trial said they would rely only on evidence from the Vatican police and prosecutor.

They adjourned the case until Tuesday, when Mr Gabriele will be questioned.

Alan Johnston reports.