Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Scarano questioned in 20 million corruption plot at Holy See

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Rome, July 1 - Italian magistrates questioned Msgr
Nunzio Scarano Monday in a 20-million-euro corruption plot
involving the Holy See's asset-management agency APSA.
Scarano, who was arrested last Friday on suspicion of
corruption and fraud, said he was not comfortable in Rome's
Regina Coeli prison and requested house arrest, prosecutors
said.
Scarano was questioned for about three hours by
investigating magistrate Barbara Callari, who will decide the
next step in the process.
Scarano was arrested along with Giovanni Maria Zito, an
agent in Italy's domestic intelligence agency, and Rome broker
Giovanni Carenzio.
It's alleged the trio were involved in a failed attempt to
fly 20 million euros of alleged tax-evasion proceeds from
Switzerland back to Italy.
Police said Scarano and Zito got a private jet to fly the
cash for three Salerno-based shipowner brothers who were friends
with Scarano.
Zito is suspected of getting 400,000 euros for arranging
cover for the flight.
Scarano was suspended a month ago after being named in a
separate probe into receiving money in Salerno.
Police said brothers Paolo, Cesare and Maurizio D'Amico,
whose fleet is based in Salerno but who are prominent in Rome
business circles, were the alleged beneficiaries of what they
called "a complex and expensive operation to evade airport
customs controls and bring back into Italy money that is
believed to be the fruit of tax evasion".
Prosecutors said they were probing Scarano's "huge"
financial and property assets.
The Vatican has said it would cooperate fully with the
probe.

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