Vatican embezzlement trialsDate: 06 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
A catholic Italian cleric, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, has been made to stand trial for a corruption charge by a judge of Vatican.
The cardinal is accused on involving in financial crimes that are related to embezzlement of church funds.
The cardinal is one among many other church clergy, who have been accused of making illegal purchases using church funds.
The decision by the Pope to allow cardinal to stand trial is seen to be an effort to improve reputation of catholic churches when it comes to handling financial crimes.
Cardinal Becciu is an influential personal with power to vote during papal conclaves. Papal conclaves are events that take place to elect a new Pope.
The crime involves buying plush apartment in central London using church money and routing it through illegal offshore accounts and shell companies.
The cardinal was once a close aide of the Pope and was in charge of Vatican’s Secretariat of State that looks after donations of the church.
The accusations say that the cardinal siphoned off the church money to help some of his relatives. The cardinal has claimed innocence but has lost his voting powers.
The financial crimes such as this have caused losses in millions to the church. The lost funds were intended to be used for the Pope’s charity.