Vat­i­can freezes mon­signor’s as­sets

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

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”.

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