A well-known Italian cardinal was among 10 people who were sent to court in the Vatican on Saturday, accused of financial crimes, including embezzlement, money laundering, fraud, extortion, and abuse of official position.
This is reported by Reuters.
Cardinal Angelo Becciu, formerly a senior official of the Vatican administration, as well as two senior officials of the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit will appear in court on July 27 over a multimillion-dollar scandal related to the Vatican’s acquisition of a house in London.
The 73-year-old Becciu, whom the Pope dismissed from his post as a priest last year for alleged nepotism, and during two years of investigation insisted on his innocence, became the highest-ranking Vatican official to be accused of financial crimes.
Last week, the Pope personally gave the necessary approval for the accusation of Becciu.
Becciu’s charges include embezzlement and abuse of office. An Italian woman who worked for him was accused of embezzlement, and the cardinal’s former secretary was accused of extortion.
Becciu said that he was the victim of a” fraud”, and repeated his” absolute innocence”.
Two Italian brokers, Gianluigi Torge and Raffaele Manzione have been charged with embezzlement, fraud, and money laundering.
According to the indictment, four companies associated with individual defendants were also charged, two in Switzerland, one in the United States, and one in Slovenia.