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Probe into former Vatican Bank chief shelved

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Rome, March 28 - A Rome judge on Friday upheld a
request from prosecutors to shelve an investigation into the
former head of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, over
alleged money laundering.
In 2010 the probe led in to the freezing of 23 million
euros over two cash transfers involving the bank that were
deemed suspicious.
Gotti Tedeschi resigned from the bank, whose official name
is the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), in May 2012
following a no-confidence vote by the supervisory board, amid
reported disagreements on efforts to get the Vatican on the
white list of financially transparent countries.
The image of the bank has been hit by a series of scandals
over the years.
Italian banks effectively stopped dealing with the IOR in
2010 after the Bank of Italy ordered them to enforce strict
anti-money laundering criteria to continue working with it.
From January 1 to February 12 last year the Bank of Italy
froze all credit-card and ATM transactions inside the Vatican
City over its failure to fully implement international
anti-money-laundering standards.
The Vatican has made several reforms to introduce greater
financial transparency and fight money laundering since Pope
Francis was elected to the helm of the Catholic Church last
year.
In December the Council of Europe's Moneyval agency, a
monitoring group of financial experts, praised the Vatican's
progress, as it seeks to get on the list of countries with
strong credentials on combatting financial crime.
But it also stressed that more work needed to be done.
In January the Vatican bank said it was ready to resume
normal relations with Italy after making progress in measures to
prevent money laundering and other financial crimes.
"The IOR looks forward to a resumption of full interaction
with Italian financial institutions pending review by Italian
regulatory authorities of the Holy See/Vatican City State's anti
-money laundering provisions," read a IOR press release on a
status report on the reform process by its Board of
Superintendence.
"The IOR has implemented further reforms to enhance its
overall risk management function and to allow for a high
level of transparency for the overall process".
In June Francis nominated a pontifical commission to make
proposals on the future of the bank.

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