From the former Substitute of the Secretariat of State, the cardinal resigned Angelo Becciu, to the financiers Gianluigi Torzi and Raffaele Mincione, the Vatican sends ten laymen and ecclesiastics to trial on July 27 next for the investigations initiated by the scandal of the palace of Sloane Avenue in London. Four companies are also indicted, one attributable to the lady of the Cardinal, the entrepreneur from Cagliari Cecilia Marogna, and three to the former Vatican finance manager Enrico Crasso.
“With today’s decree – reads a note from the Holy See – the President of the Vatican Tribunal has ordered the summons for the judgment of the accused in the context of the financial investments of the Secretariat of State in London. The trial will begin at hearing on July 27. The request for summons to trial was Fr.resented in recent days by the Office of the Promoter of Justice, in the persons of the Promoter Gian Piero Milano, the Deputy Alessandro Diddi and the Applicant Gianluca Perone and it concerns ecclesiastical and lay staff of the Secretariat of State and senior figures of the then Financial Intelligence Authority, as well as external personalities, active in the world of international finance “.
The note explains that the investigations “also revealed elements against Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who are being prosecuted, as required by law for crimes of embezzlement and abuse of office also in competition, as well as subornation”. The subpoena concerns the former president of AIF René Brülhart, to whom the prosecution challenges the crime of abuse of office; Mons. Mauro Carlino, former secretary first of Becciu and then of the new Deputy Edgar Pena Parra, to whom the prosecution disputes the crimes of extortion and abuse of office; the former Vatican finance manager Enrico Crasso, against whom the prosecution disputes the crimes of embezzlement, corruption, extortion, money laundering and self-laundering, fraud, abuse of office, false public deed material committed by the private individual and false private deed.
And again: the former director of the AIF, Tommaso Di Ruzza, to whom the prosecution disputes the crimes of embezzlement, abuse of office and violation of office secrecy; the entrepreneur from Cagliari known as the Lady of Becciu Cecilia Marogna, to whom the prosecution disputes the crime of embezzlement; the rider Raffaele Mincione, to whom the prosecution challenges the crimes of embezzlement, fraud, abuse of office, embezzlement and self-laundering; the lawyer Nicola Squillace, to whom the prosecution challenges the crimes of fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and self-laundering; the former lay official of the Secretariat of State Fabrizio Tirabassi, to whom the prosecution challenges the crimes of corruption, extortion, embezzlement, fraud and abuse of office; the Molise banker Gianluigi Torzi, against whom the prosecution disputes the crimes of extortion, embezzlement, fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and self-laundering.
The four companies on trial are HP Finance LLC, attributable to Enrico Crasso, to whom the prosecution disputes the crime of fraud; the Logsic Humanitarne Dejavnosti, DOO, referable to Cecilia Marogna, to whom the prosecution disputes the crime of embezzlement; Prestige Family Office SA, referable to Enrico Crasso, to whom the prosecution disputes the crime of fraud; Sogenel Capital Investment, attributable to Enrico Crasso, to whom the prosecution disputes the crime of fraud. Some of the crimes mentioned above – it is specified in the Vatican note – are also contested ” in competition ”.
“The investigations, launched in July 2019 following a complaint by the Institute for Works of Religion and the Office of the Auditor General, saw full synergy between the Promoter’s Office and the Judicial Police section of the Gendarmerie Corps – reads note from the Holy See – The preliminary activities were also carried out in close and fruitful collaboration with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rome and the Economic-Financial Police Unit – Gicef of the Guardia di Finanza of Rome. Cooperation with the Public Prosecutors of Milan, Bari , Trento, Cagliari and Sassari and their respective sections of the judicial police “.
“The preliminary activities, also carried out with rogatorial commissions in numerous other foreign countries (United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Jersey, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Switzerland), have made it possible to bring to light a vast network of relationships with financial market operators who have generated substantial losses for Vatican finances, having also drawn on the resources destined for the Holy Father’s works of personal charity. The judicial initiative is directly linked to the indications and reforms of His Holiness Pope Francis, in the work of transparency and recovery of Vatican finances; work which, according to the accusatory hypothesis, was opposed by illegal and detrimental speculative activities on the reputational level in the terms indicated in the request for indictment “, concludes the note.
“I’m victim of a plot hatched against me, and I had been waiting for a long time to know the possible accusations against me, to allow myself to promptly deny them and prove to the world my absolute innocence “, Becciu says in a note, after the indictment.
“In these long months he has invented everything about my person – he continues -, exposing me to one unparalleled media pillory whose game I did not lend myself to, suffering in silence, also for the respect and protection of the Church, to which I have dedicated my entire life “.