Vatican’s ‘Trial of the Century’ Heads to British Court

A senior Archbishop is going to make an unprecedented appearance in a British court to be cross-examined over a £350m London property fraud case that saw Pope Francis authorise wire-tapping.

In previous British legal proceedings the Vatican has claimed diplomatic immunity and refused to allow officials to appear as witnesses.

But now Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, a close aide to the Pope, will make an appearance in the Vatican’s ‘trial of the century’.

At the heart of the trial is the 350-million-euro purchase of a luxury property in London which used to be a car showroom and garage for Harrod’s.

Raffaele Mincione, a London financier, sold the property at 60 Sloane Avenue, in Chelsea, to the Holy See in dealings that began in 2014 and ended up costing the Vatican about 140 million euros (£118 million).

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