A prosecutor for the Vatican supplied Tuesday to basically restart his fraud and corruption investigation into the Holy See’s 350 million-euro ($406.1 million) funding in a London property to treatment procedural issues that the protection argued are so grave they need to void the indictment.
Prosecutor Alessandro Diddi made the shock provide to take again all of the proof and to re-question the suspects at the beginning of the second court docket session of a trial that opened in July.
Diddi mentioned his workplace has all the time acted to make sure that the rights of the accused had been revered and referred to as his proposal a “widespread sense” strategy to tackle the protection objections.
Legal professionals for the 10 defendants have accused Diddi’s workplace of withholding key items of proof from them and never interrogating suspects throughout the investigative part about all of the accusations that ended up within the indictment. They preserve these and different alleged procedural errors ought to get the whole indictment thrown out.
The attorneys argue that such errors violate Vatican procedures and harmed their capacity to mount a protection.
Prosecutors have missed deadlines to make out there all proof and haven’t revered a July 29 order to show over videotaped interrogations of the suspect-turned-star witness within the case, Monsignor Alberto Perlasca.
A 3-judge tribunal plans to situation an ordinance Wednesday morning to rule on Diddi’s provide to pause the trial so the suspects might be interrogated, Tribunal President Giuseppe Pignatone mentioned.
The trial considerations the Holy See’s 2013 funding in a London actual property enterprise that misplaced the Vatican tens of thousands and thousands of euros, a lot of it donations from the devoted that had been spent on charges to Italian brokers.
Prosecutors have accused the brokers of defrauding the Holy See, and several other Vatican officers of abuse of workplace, corruption and different costs.
Perlasca, who ran the Secretariat of State’s administrative workplace, was the Vatican official most intimately concerned within the London deal. He initially was a key suspect since he signed the contracts with the brokers.
However after his preliminary interrogation, he fired his lawyer and apparently started cooperating with prosecutors. The data from his subsequent interrogations was so necessary to the prosecution’s case that it spared him indictment and shaped the idea of a number of costs in opposition to the 10 defendants.
One interrogation led to a witness-tampering cost in opposition to Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the lone cardinal standing trial.
The protection has solely seen a abstract of Perlasca’s account, not the complete interrogations, and Becciu’s authorized workforce solely discovered of the witness-tampering accusation when the indictment was handed down on July 3.
Vatican procedures require suspects to be allowed to reply to accusations earlier than their trial begins.