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ROME

'Huge' assets probe into Swiss money flight prelate

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(see previous).
Rome, June 28 - Prosecutors on Friday opened a probe
into the "huge" financial and property assets of a Vatican
prelate accused of trying to fly 20 million euros from
Switzerland to three Salerno-based oil-tanker magnates with the
help of a spy and a broker.
"The Rome prosecutor's office has started a series of checks
to clear up the origin of the huge financial and property
holdings of Msgr Nunzio Scarano, arrested today in Rome in
connection with the investigation into the attempted illicit
importation into Italy of 20 million euros," the prosecutors'
office said.
The failed attempt to get the money back to the D'Amico
brothers, involving a private jet, led to the arrest of Scarano,
until recently head of accounts analysis at the Vatican
asset-management agency APSA, as well as intelligence agent
Giovanni Maria Zito and broker Giovanni Carenzio .
The brothers were reported to be friends of Msgr Scarano,
who was suspended a month ago.
Vatican Bank IOR, to which APSA is linked, told ANSA it
aimed to "cooperate fully with Italian authorities" and launch
an internal inquiry "in line with the zero-tolerance policy
promoted by (new) president Ernest Von Freyberg".
Police said the probe into Scarano's attempt to circumvent
laws on importing foreign currency was part of a wider
investigation into suspected past irregularities at IOR.
German aristocrat and industrialist Von Freyberg, appointed
in February by Pope Benedict XVI in one of his last official
acts as pontiff, last month vowed to bring greater transparency
to an institution which has been touched by money-laundering
accusations.

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