Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Former top Vatican diplomat busted for downloading child porn in Canada

Former top Vatican diplomat busted for downloading child porn in Canada

A Vatican statement said that an arrest warrant had been issued for Carlo Alberto Capella, which was carried out by the Vatican Gendarmerie.

The Saturday arrest "comes at the end of an investigation on the part of the Vatican's Promoter of Justice", read the Vatican statement.

"The accused is being detained in a cell in the barracks of the Gendarmerie Corps, available to the judicial authorities", a Vatican statement 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.

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He was recalled to Rome by the Vatican, arrested, and stripped of his duties after a report by Dominican media led to an investigation by Dominican magistrates. He served on the Italy desk in the Vatican's secretariat of state and was part of the official delegation that negotiated a tax treaty with Italy before being posted to the U.S. Embassy a year ago.

After the monsignor was recalled to Rome, the police in Windsor, Canada, said they had issued an arrest warrant for him on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography on the internet.

At the time of the September 15 announcement about Capella's recall, neither the Vatican nor the State Department made any mention of a Canadian angle to the case. Capella for allegedly uploading child pornography to a social network in Canada in 2016.

The Vatican declined to comment on the timing of a possible indictment or trial for Msgr.

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Capella, who was in office until a year ago, was recalled from Washington last September by the Vatican.

He died in a hospital in 2015 at 67, before his trial before a Vatican court could begin.

Since being recalled, Capella has resided within Vatican City.

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