Reporter appears for Vatican summons, but refuses to answer

Italian journalist  Emiliano Fittipaldi meets the journalists at the foreign press club, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The Vatican has placed two Italian journalists under investigation in its probe over leaked documents that revealed waste, greed and mismanagement at the highest levels of the Catholic Church hierarchy. Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote bombshell books detailing the uphill battle Pope Francis is facing in reforming the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi meets the journalists at the foreign press club, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The Vatican has placed two Italian journalists under investigation in its probe over leaked documents that revealed waste, greed and mismanagement at the highest levels of the Catholic Church hierarchy. Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote bombshell books detailing the uphill battle Pope Francis is facing in reforming the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian journalist who is under criminal investigation by the Vatican for publishing a book said he refused to answer the Vatican prosecutors’ questions during an interrogation this week.

Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of “Avarice,” which is based on leaked Vatican documents, said he agreed to go to the Vatican on Monday after being formally summoned for an interrogation because he wanted to understand exactly what he was accused of.

But he told reporters Tuesday he refused to answer the prosecutors’ questions about the case, citing the protections journalists enjoy in Italy to protect their sources — protections that don’t exist in the Vatican legal code.

Another Italian journalist who wrote a second book and is also under investigation by the Vatican, Gianluigi Nuzzi, refused to appear for questioning.

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