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On the sidelines of Friday’s hearing, Cardinal Becciu gave a assertion to the media about his financial supplying to Spes Cooperative, the non-financial gain managed by his brother, denying that he meant to favor relatives users.

VATICAN Metropolis — The Vatican’s interior money watchdog has joined an ongoing Vatican demo as a civil bash.

The addition of the Monetary Data and Supervision Authority, or ASIF (previously the AIF), to the civil action of the trial took spot at a listening to on Feb. 18. The courtroom session, which lasted extra than four hrs with breaks, was adjourned right up until Feb. 28.

The reason for ASIF’s inclusion as a plaintiff in the case will be listened to at the conclusion of the month, all through the continuation of Friday’s listening to.

The financial info authority joins the civil functions of the Secretariat of Condition, the Institute for Spiritual Is effective (IOR), and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) as the wounded parties in the Vatican’s historic demo to prosecute Vatican officials and collaborators in relationship to the Secretariat of State’s obtain of a London assets for 350 million euros ($396 million).

The trial, which commenced in July 2021 with 10 defendants, had encountered procedural challenges. In Oct, the court dominated that the office environment of the prosecutor — who is acknowledged as the Promoter of Justice — necessary to re-do aspect of the investigation into quite a few of the defendants.

In the meantime, the trial had proceeded with six defendants, which includes Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the maximum-ranking cleric to be experimented with by the tribunal of Vatican Metropolis Condition in modern history. At the close of January 2022, the 4 other defendants were being re-indicted.

Two of the 10 defendants, René Brülhart and Tommaso Di Ruzza, are the former president and former director of the physique acknowledged now as ASIF. 

The Feb. 18 hearing marked the reunification of the parallel investigations into a one proceeding.

Court president Giuseppe Pignatone said on Friday that the listening to on Feb. 28 should conclude the trial’s preliminary stage, and that, if all went very well, an ordinance would be issued on March 1 connected to defense lawyers’ requests for the scenario — or certain rates — to be dismissed.

Pignatone reported that this would happen “If, and I stress if, everything is settled.”

March 1 is also the day established by the courtroom to start out developing a system for the rest of the trial, in particular when defendants and witnesses will be questioned to take the stand.

An additional enhancement in the finance trial is the submission of letters rogatory, also named letters of request, from the Vatican for an investigation into the Diocese of Ozieri on the Italian island of Sardinia.

The investigation involves Cardinal Becciu, who is from the Diocese of Ozieri and has been accused of illicitly supplying Vatican and Italian bishops’ conference money to the diocesan charity firm, which associates with Becciu’s brother’s company.

The cardinal, who has been charged with embezzlement, abuse of office environment, and subornation of perjury by the Vatican, has normally denied any wrongdoing. He turned down reviews final calendar year that he directed Vatican and Italian bishops’ meeting dollars to his brother’s company, which functions with the area department of Caritas.

Local authorities carried out lookups in the Ozieri diocese on Tuesday at the request of the Vatican.

The diocese mentioned as a result of its lawyer on Feb. 15 that all resources of the diocese, Caritas, and the non-revenue Spes, had been made use of for “an exceptional character of solidarity and charity institutionally proper to these entities.”

Cardinal Becciu admitted in November 2021 that he experienced supplied dollars to his diocese, but said he did not see any concern with it. At a diocesan celebration in Sardinia, he mentioned that he was “proud, appreciative, satisfied to have helped you. The place is the scandal?”

On the sidelines of Friday’s listening to, Cardinal Becciu gave a assertion to the media about his fiscal offering to Spes Cooperative, the non-profit managed by his brother, denying that he supposed to favor family users.

“I am very pleased to have uncovered cash to guidance this cooperative that provides operate to 60 boys and women who, as the pope calls them, are the ‘rejects’ of culture: former drug addicts, ex-convicts, younger people today with well being complications,” he stated.

“The accusation that has been designed versus me is that by sending income to Caritas of Ozieri, I desired to favor my family members,” the cardinal stated. “This is an accusation from which I will defend myself in courtroom and that I have always rejected and I reject.”

He reported that he despatched the diocesan Caritas 125,000 euros (close to $140,000) from Peter’s Pence, the Holy See’s yearly collection to finance the pope’s charitable operates and the Roman Curia, but that the money could nonetheless be accounted for, unused, in the diocese’s accounts.

“These 125,000 euros are there, what income went to my spouse and children members?” he requested.

The cardinal called the continued investigations and lookups of the diocese “a humiliation for the diocese and for the bishop.”

“I want to specific all my solidarity for the bishop who has experienced these humiliations,” he explained.