Vatican monsignor, facing trial for money-laundering, released to house arrest
October 29, 2013
Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, the suspended Vatican official who faces money-laundering charges, has been granted a request for release from jail, and will await trial under house arrest.
While granting Msgr. Scarano's request, the Italian court rejected similar pleas from Giovanni Maria Zito and Giovanni Carenzio, who were arrested alongside the former Vatican official in June. The trio are accused of attempting to bring €20 million into Italy illegally.
Msgr. Scarano-- who is also facing a separate money-laundering charge-- has denied wrongdoing, insisted that his financial transactions were approved by Vatican superiors, and claimed that he fears assassination.
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