"When the situation degenerated, I soon realized that I would need to face justice in some way," Gabriele testified.
Gabriele faces four years in prison if convicted.
The Vatican does not have its own prison, and Gabriele was held in a secure room at Vatican police barracks for the first two months after his arrest. He was then transferred to house arrest. The Vatican says Gabriele would serve out any sentence in Italian prison, though it's not clear how that would be arranged given Italy is a separate state.
No such arrangements may be necessary — as a papal pardon is expected in the event of a conviction.
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