Vatican convicts 2 in leaks scandal; journalists cleared

July 7, 2016 4:00 PM

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Vatican convicts 2 in leaks scandal; journalists cleared

A Vatican court declared Thursday it had no jurisdiction to prosecute or convict two journalists for having published confidential information, ending an eight-month trial that drew scorn from media rights groups around the world.

The court did convict a Vatican monsignor and an Italian communications expert for having conspired to pass documents to the journalists, but cleared them of having formed a criminal association to do so. A fifth defendant, the monsignor's secretary, was cleared of all charges.

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