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Trial begins for suspended Vatican official on corrupt-finance charges

December 04, 2013

The trial of Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, the suspended Vatican official who faces several charges involving corrupt financial dealings, opened in Rome on December 4.

Msgr. Scarano, the former chief accountant for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, is charged with attempting to bring €400,000 into Italy illegally. Prosecutors say that Msgr. Scarano bribed an associate to help in the scheme. The priest is also suspected of laundering money through his account at the Vatican bank.

Msgr. Scarano has acknowledged that he provided special financial services for wealthy associates, but claims that his superiors at the Vatican had approved his actions.

Prosecutors have promised to present witnesses against the suspended Vatican official in courtroom action next week.


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