ROME — A Vatican choose on Saturday indicted 10 folks, together with a once-powerful Italian cardinal, on fees together with cash laundering, fraud and abuse of workplace in relation to a monetary scandal involving a London actual property deal.
The indictment comes on the heels of a two-year investigation by Vatican prosecutors who sifted by way of what Vatican News described as “huge variety of paperwork.”
These indicted embody Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the previous chief of workers within the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, whom Francis dismissed in September because the investigation into the London deal gathered steam. Cardinal Becciu has maintained his innocence.
Additionally indicted have been two former high officers on the Vatican’s intelligence unit, officers on the Secreteriat of State, and Italian brokers who have been concerned in the true property deal. The Vatican additionally filed subpoenas towards 4 corporations associated to folks concerned within the case.
The investigation, which started in 2019, dropped at gentle “an enormous community of relationships with monetary market operators which have generated vital losses for the Vatican funds,” in accordance with a Vatican assertion issued on Saturday.
Within the assertion, the Vatican mentioned that the judicial investigation was “straight related to the directives and reforms” of Pope Francis, “in his try to attain transparency and clear up Vatican funds.”