Vatican freezes monsignor’s assets
VATICAN CITY: The Vatican has frozen the assets of a monsignor who was arrested in a € 20 million (R259m) money-smuggling plot and warned that other people might be caught up in the investigation.
The Vatican’s chief prosecutor froze the accounts at the Vatican bank of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who was arrested by Italian authorities on June 28 on accusations of corruption and slander for allegedly plotting to bring € 20m into Italy aboard a private jet to avoid declaring it at customs.
A judge has refused to grant him house arrest.
The Vatican said yesterday its investigation into Scarano was triggered by several suspicious transactions reports filed with the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency.
Its investigation “could be extended to additional individuals”.