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Four journalists sued by Cardinal Bertone. Public Prosecutor asks for trial

The Judge for the Preliminary Hearing of Rome will decide in October. They risk up to 6 years in prison. Former Vatican Secretary of State denies any role in the Boffo case of 2009

The lawsuit announced in July 2014 (see here) by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone against four journalists accused of aggravated defamation is making headway. The journalists are the former editor of the daily Il Giornale Vittorio Feltri, the editor of the weekly L’Espresso Bruno Maffellotto and two reporters of the same periodical. On 15 October 2015, the Judge for the preliminary hearing in Rome will decide how to proceed. The public prosecutor Francesco Scavo has already spoken in favour of indictment. They risk a sentence from six months to six years in prison.

Tarcisio Bertone, a former Vatican Secretary of State accused the journalists of aggravated defamation referring to an interview Feltri gave L’Espresso, in which the former editor of Il Giornale said Bertone, in 2009, when he was secretary of state for the Vatican, would have played a part in the so-called Boffo case, that is in the dissemination of slanderous news, proved false, against the journalist Dino Boffo, then editor of Avvenire, owned by the Italian Episcopal Conference. The spread of those news led Dino Boffo to leave his post as editor of the newspaper.

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