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ROME – The lawyer for the woman at the heart of a Vatican leaks trial says her client may not be likable, but that she shouldn't be convicted just because she's "unpleasant, insufferable, arrogant and presumptuous."
Francesca Chaouqui was a member of a papal reform commission investigating Vatican finances. She, the commission's No. 2 and his secretary are charged with forming a criminal association and providing commission documents to two Italian journalists.
Lawyers for those on trial began their closing arguments Tuesday after prosecutors rested their case. Prosecutors requested the stiffest sentence, three years and nine months, for Chaouqui, a communications expert who gave birth during the trial.
The journalists, who wrote books based on the documents exposing greed, mismanagement and corruption in the Vatican, were also put on trial.