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A statement identified the accused as Msgr.

ROME-The Vatican arrested one of its own diplomats Saturday on suspicion of violating laws against child pornography, setting the stage for the first trial for that crime in Vatican City.

Vatican in a official statement said that the city-state's prosecutor had issued an arrest warrant after monsignor Carlo Capella was found guilty for possessing and watching child pornography.

The Vatican recalled Capella after the U.S. State Department informed it upon August 2-1 of a "possible violation of laws concerning child porn images" by one of its diplomats in Washington. They say they were alerted by the RCMP in February 2017 and launched an investigation, eventually getting judicial permission to access relevant internet records.

At the time, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the Holy See to be "forthcoming with more details" and called for an "immediate, thorough, and transparent investigation ... in cooperation with law enforcement".

The arrest, the statement said, was made on the charges related to "Article 10, paragraphs 3 and 5, of Law VIII of 2013".

Monsignor Capella entered the diplomatic corps in 2004, and before serving in Washington, he held diplomatic posts in Hong Kong and Italy.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is prosecuting the case, an undercover Homeland Security Investigations special agent discovered multiple files containing videos and images of child pornography on Colucci's computer, images that were being shared on a peer-to-peer website.

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


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