Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Arrested prelate 'willing to cooperate' with investigations


Rome, August 2 - The lawyer for the prelate
arrested for alleged involvement in a bid to bring 20 million
euros into Italy illegally said on Friday that the Vatican would
"certainly find his client willing to cooperate" with
"Mons. Nunzio Scarano has shown his availability to
cooperate with the Vatican, also through his letter to the Holy
Father," Francesco Caroleo Grimaldi said.
Scarano, who until recently led a key Vatican accounting
unit, was arrested in June in a probe over allegations he
conspired with a former Italian spy and a financial broker to
try to secretly repatriate the cash, allegedly the fruit of tax
evasion by a family close to the prelate.
The prelate, from the port city of Salerno near Naples, had
been suspended a month before his arrest from his job as head of
analytic accounts at the Holy See's asset-management agency APSA
after being named in a separate probe into receiving money in
Police reportedly started sifting through his assets
because of his suspiciously large financial holdings and
artistic trove.
He was arrested June 28 on suspicion of planning to elude
customs controls along with Giovanni Maria Zito, a recently
transferred agent in the AISI domestic intelligence agency, and
financial broker Giovanni Carenzio.
Police said Scarano and Zito set up a private jet to fly
the cash for three Salerno-based shipowner brothers, the
D'Amicos, whose family was friendly with Scarano.
Zito is suspected of getting 400,000 euros for arranging
cover for the flight, which never took place.

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