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Senior Vatican cleric,two others arrested in corruption probe

Italian police on Friday arrested a prelate,a financial broker and an agent of the Italian Secret Service on corruption charges

Written by New York Times | Rome | Published: June 29, 2013 1:58:40 am

RACHEL DONADIO

Italian police on Friday arrested a prelate,a financial broker and an agent of the Italian Secret Service on corruption charges as part of a complex plot in which the priest — already under investigation for money-laundering involving the Vatican Bank — allegedly tried to repatriate millions of euros from Switzerland to Italy in a private plane.

Those arrested were charged with fraud,corruption and slander as part of a broad investigation tied to the famously secretive Vatican Bank. Prosecutors allege that the broker and the secret service agent helped the monsignor bring 20 million euros,or $26 million,into Italy from Switzerland,the ANSA news agency reported. It said that the 20 million euros belonged to “some friends of the monsignor”.

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi,said the priest,Monsignor Nunzio Scarano,had been suspended from his position at one of the Vatican’s main financial departments “more than a month ago,ever since his superiors were informed that he was under investigation.”

The Vatican spokesman said the Holy See “has not yet received any requests from the competent Italian authorities,but confirms its willingness for full collaboration.” NYT

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