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Swiss money flight prelate ordered to stay in jail


Rome, July 5 - A judge in Rome rejected an appeal
Friday from Msgr Nunzio Scarano to move him to house arrest
after he was jailed on suspicion of planning to elude customs
with 20 million euros in cash.
The prelate had reportedly said he was not comfortable in
Rome's Regina Coeli prison, and Scarano's lawyer said he would
appeal the judge's decision.
Scarano was arrested last week along with Giovanni Maria
Zito, an agent in the AISI intelligence agency, and Rome broker
Giovanni Carenzio.
Police said Scarano and Zito got a private jet to fly back
from Switzerland to Italy 20 million euros in cash for a family
who were friends with Scarano.
Zito is suspected of getting 400,000 euros for arranging
cover for the flight.
Scarano has been named in a separate probe into receiving
money in Salerno near Naples.
The arrests have been linked by the Italian media to past
probes into alleged irregularities at the Vatican Bank, IOR.
Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said last week
that the prelate had been suspended from his job as head of
analytic accounts at the Holy See's asset-management agency APSA
"more than a month" before his arrest.
He added that the Vatican will cooperate "fully" with the
Scarano denies the charges.

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