A 39-year-old Italian lady has been arrested in reference to the Vatican’s newest monetary scandal, police mentioned.
Cecilia Marogna had labored for Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a high Vatican official who was fired by Pope Francis final month and accused of embezzlement and nepotism. Becciu has denied all wrongdoing.
An Italian finance police official instructed Reuters that Marogna was arrested in Milan. Italian media stories mentioned she was arrested underneath a global warrant issued by Vatican magistrates.
In latest days, Italian media have run interviews during which Marogna mentioned she had obtained €500,000 ($587,350) from Becciu to run a “parallel diplomacy” to assist missionaries in battle zones. She has denied wrongdoing within the interviews.
Her purported work for the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, the place Becciu held the quantity two place till 2018, was not beforehand identified.
Becciu’s lawyer, Fabio Viglione, has mentioned the cardinal knew Marogna however that his dealings together with her had been “completely about institutional issues“.
Marogna, who like Becciu is from Sardinia, has mentioned that the funds she allegedly obtained from Becciu went by way of an organization she began in Slovenia.