The pope’s former deputy secretary of state and nine others have been found guilty in the Vatican’s biggest financial corruption scandal.
Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Vatican employees and two outside Italian brokers were among 10 defendants described by Vatican prosecutors as “actors in a rotten predatory and lucrative system”.
Becciu, the highest ranking Vatican-based church official to be charged with financial crimes, was sentenced on Saturday to five years and six months in prison.
The charges against the defendants included embezzlement, corruption, abuse of office, fraud, witness tampering and extortion – with the trial revolving mostly around a luxury building in Chelsea.
Becciu was the pope’s chief of staff, serving as a key diplomat between 2011 and 2018.
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