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Vatican bribery trial linked to London apartment building resumes

A corruption trial involving the Vatican resumed today with defense lawyers accusing prosecutors of withholding evidence.

The trial, which began last July, is the culmination of a two-year investigation and revolves mainly around the purchase by the Vatican Secretariat of State, headed by Cardinal Becciu, of a property of 350 million euros to Chelsea with church money.

Cardinal Angelo Becciu has denied any wrongdoing and said he was the victim of a conspiracy. He is suspected of embezzlement and abuse of power. There are a total of 10 people indicted in this case.

The cardinal was in charge of all church donations and is accused of using some of these donations to make risky financial investments, including Chelsea property.

The idea was to transform the building into apartments.

At a hearing last October, the court ordered prosecutors to provide their evidence to the defendants and their lawyers, including audio-visual material and other evidence obtained through the interception of communications between the defendants and others. people involved in the trial.

It comes after Pope Francis launched a campaign to clean up the Church’s finances which have been affected by years of scandals.


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