2020-10-14 16:03

Woman close to Vatican cardinal arrested in corruption probe fgg世界播


VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s swirling corruption investigation has taken a mysterious new twist with the arrest on an international warrant of a Sardinian woman said to be close to one of the Holy See’s most powerful cardinals before his downfall. fgg世界播


Italy’s financial police said Wednesday that Cecilia Marogna had been arrested in Milan late Tuesday on a warrant issued by the Vatican City State. An official of the Guardia di Finanza, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the agency had no further information since officers merely executed the warrant on behalf of a foreign country, the Vatican. fgg世界播

意大利金融警察周三表示,Cecilia Marogna已于周二晚些时候根据梵蒂冈城邦发出的逮捕令在米兰被捕。金融卫报(Guardia Di Finanza)的一名不愿透露姓名的官员表示,该机构没有进一步的信息,因为官员们只是代表外国梵蒂冈执行了逮捕令。fgg世界播

Italian newspapers in recent weeks have reported that Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the onetime No. 2 in the Vatican secretariat of state, had wired hundreds of thousands of euros in Holy See funds to Marogna’s Slovenian-based consulting firm, purportedly for humanitarian operations in Africa and Asia. fgg世界播

最近几周,意大利报纸报道称,曾任梵蒂冈国务秘书处二号人物的红衣主教安杰洛·贝西乌(Angelo Becciu)已将数十万欧元的罗马教廷资金电汇给马罗格纳位于斯洛文尼亚的咨询公司,据称该公司用于非洲和亚洲的人道主义行动。fgg世界播

The reports, including interviews with Marogna herself, have identified the 39-year-old as a political analyst and intelligence expert who reached out to Becciu in 2015 with concerns about security for Vatican embassies in hotspots and was quickly brought into the cardinal’s inner circle. fgg世界播


Marogna told Corriere della Sera that over four years, Becciu wired her 500,000 euros as compensation, travel reimbursements and consultancy fees. She defended some luxury expenditures — designer pocketbooks for example — as being “maybe for the wife of a Nigerian friend who was in a position to talk to the president of Burkina Faso.” fgg世界播

Marogna告诉Corriere della Sera,四年多来,Becciu电汇了50万欧元作为补偿、旅费报销和咨询费。她辩称,一些奢侈品支出--例如设计师的钱包--“可能是给一位尼日利亚朋友的妻子,她有能力与布基纳法索总统交谈。”fgg世界播

Becciu, who was sacked by Pope Francis last month after admitting he sent 100,000 euros in Vatican money to a charity headed by his brother, has insisted that his dealings with Marogna were legitimate. fgg世界播


In an Oct. 7 statement issued by his lawyer, Becciu said “the contacts with Cecilia Marogna strictly pertains to institutional affairs.” fgg世界播

在他的律师10月7日发表的一份声明中,Becciu说“与Cecilia Marogna的接触严格属于机构事务。”fgg世界播

Marogna’s arrest was believed to be part of a sprawling corruption investigation launched last year by Vatican prosecutors into the Holy See’s 350 million euro investment into a London real estate venture, much of it funded by donations from the faithful. fgg世界播


Vatican prosecutors are investigating a handful of Italian middlemen who are accused of having fleeced the Holy See of tens of millions of euros in fees while the Vatican’s incompetent money managers stood by. fgg世界播


Vatican prosecutors haven’t indicted anyone yet, and their case seems rife with holes and potential conflicts, given the Holy See's superiors approved the contracts with the middlemen that ceded them voting rights in the deal and provided them with huge management fees. fgg世界播


To that extent, it’s not immediately clear what charges Marogna could face if she was merely on the receiving end of consulting fees approved by Becciu, who had been given broad discretionary authority to manage the secretariat of state's assets by none other than the secretary himself, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. fgg世界播


Becciu was the “substitute” in the secretariat of state from 2011-2018, during which time at the original real estate investment was made. But his replacement and the current No. 2 actually signed off on the last phase of the deal that has cost the Vatican so much money. fgg世界播


Neither Becciu nor his replacement have been formally identified as suspects in the case, though when Francis fired Becciu last month, he also revoked his rights and privileges as a cardinal, meaning he could eventually be judged by Vatican magistrates. fgg世界播


Becciu, who like Marogna is from Sardinia, has denied wrongdoing and defended the original investment as sound. fgg世界播


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