Cardinal sin: landmark Vatican fraud trial of 10 set to start

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Cardinal sin: landmark Vatican fraud trial of 10 set to start

Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s charges include embezzlement, abuse of office and inducing a witness to perjury

Philip Pullella

A landmark fraud trial of 10 people including a cardinal begins in the Vatican on Tuesday, in what officials hope will be a turning point in its financial credibility and show that no-one is above the law.

The headliner at the trial is cardinal Angelo Becciu, 73, formerly a senior official in the Vatican administration, who becomes the most senior Vatican official to be tried for financial crimes.

Pope Francis, who lifted Becciu’s immunity so he could be indicted, fired him from his last Vatican post in 2020 for alleged nepotism. Becciu has always maintained his innocence...

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