Vatican, contracted with UBS and managed Church funds
The scandal Vatican never stops giving twists. The secret plots of the Holy See continue to interest the judiciary, which has decided to open another investigation by targeting one of the top lay leaders. The high Vatican official Fabrizio Tirabassi – reads the Corriere della Sera – was paid for years by the Swiss bank UBS while he was an employee of the Holy See. He would be paid commissions on financial transactions carried out by the Secretariat of State, where he worked, and also for introducing new clients. UBS together with Credit Suisse and the defunct Bsi is one of the Vatican’s historical reference institutes.
In the last ten years – continues the Corriere – he was the right-hand man of Monsignor Alberto Perlasca and his direct superior, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, and, before Perlasca, of Monsignor Gianfranco Piovano, until 2009 the financial mind of the Secretariat. Suspended from service last year, Tirabassi is among the suspects in the Vatican investigation into the management of donation funds. A “Client Information Note-Purpose of Business Relationship” refers to “a finder fee (0.5%) granted to the client for new money that went into two other relationships with us”. His lawyers: “Everything was known and authorized by superiors, as a kind of benefit”.