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Vatican asks Italian prosecutors to question Msgr. Scarano on money-laundering charges

August 02, 2013

The Vatican has asked Italian prosecutors to question a jailed cleric about money-laundering charges.

In an unusual request for help, the Vatican’s top prosecutor asked Italian authorities to question Msgr. Nunzio Scarano about suspicious financial transfers that he arranged while he was working as head of accounting for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. Those transfers, involving funds in the priest’s personal account at the Vatican bank, led to an investigation of possible money-laundering, which prompted his suspension from his Vatican post.

On June 28, Msgr. Scarano was arrested on separate charges, related to his attempt to move €20 million in cash into Italy illegally. As Italian prosecutors move forward with those charges, the Vatican has asked that he be questioned about the money-laundering charges as well.


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