Cardinal Becciu, who used to work as the second-ranking official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, has been charged with embezzlement, abuse of office, conspiracy, and witness tampering.
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Libero Milone is suing the Holy See for 9.3-million euros for unfair dismissal.
The 74-year-old cardinal has also been accused of using Vatican funds to help a charity run by his brother, an allegation that made waves when it was published in a major Italian newspaper in September 2020.
Here are some of the latest developments in the trial to prosecute people in and around the Vatican for financial crimes.
After Libero Milone and Ferruccio Panicco filed a lawsuit Nov. 4 against the Holy See, the Vatican responded by rejecting without explanation a distinguished jurist they had chosen as their attorney.
A Fall From Grace, A Court Case, the Consistory: Four Twists and Turns in the Life of Cardinal Angelo Becciu
The 74-year-old cardinal from the Italian island region of Sardinia was once one of the most powerful men in the Vatican before he was investigated for financial wrongdoing and charged with crimes including embezzlement, fraud, and extortion.
Except for witness tampering, the accusations against Cardinal Becciu date back to before he was elevated to the College of Cardinals, when he was the Sostituto, or second-ranking official, in the Secretariat of State.
Cardinal Becciu was questioned by Vatican prosecutor Alessandro Diddi for nearly eight hours on May 18 as part of the Vatican’s trial to prosecute Vatican officials and collaborators for financial malfeasance.