Vatican court indicts cardinal and nine others for alleged financial crimes

A Vatican judge on Saturday ordered 10 people, including an Italian cardinal, to stand trial for alleged financial crimes, including embezzlement, money laundering, fraud, extortion and abuse of office.

Among the suspects are Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the former heads of the Vatican’s financial intelligence agency, and two Italian estate agents involved in the Vatican’s purchase of a building in an upscale area of ​​London.

Becciu, who was fired by Pope Francis last year and who has always maintained his innocence during a two-year investigation, became the top official of the Vatican Church charged with alleged financial crimes.

Under ecclesiastical law, the pope personally approved the judge’s decision to investigate and charge Becciu. The charges against him include embezzlement and abuse of office. An Italian woman who worked for Becciu was charged with embezzlement.

Italian real estate agents Gianluigi Torzi and Raffaele Mincione have been charged with embezzlement, fraud and money laundering. Torzi, against whom Italian magistrates issued an arrest warrant in April, was also charged with extortion.

Both have denied the abuses.

Four companies linked to individual defendants, two in Switzerland, one in the United States and one in Slovenia, were also charged.

The trial will begin in the Vatican on July 27, a statement said.

(REUTERS)

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