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Vatican explains procedural safeguards for defendants

December 7, 2015. The Vatican, through a statement, explained that their legal system ensures due process for the accused. The Vatican said in a statement that "the current Vatican legislation, applied by the legal authorities, is perfectly in line with procedural law in the majority of jurisdictions throughout the world.� A spokesman further explained that it is necessary that the accused's lawyers are experts in their specific code, the Canon Law. As a foreign lawyer cannot always defend an accused in another country, an Italian lawyer is not automatically qualified to defend an accused by the Vatican procedural code.