Two ex-Vatican bank chiefs face charges

Two face charges

Two former top executives at the Vatican bank will go on trial for money laundering, while the bank's ex-chairman was declared innocent, according to Italian prosecutors, reports AFP/Ucanews.

Paolo Cipriani, the former director general of the financial organisation formally known as the Institute for Religious Works, and his deputy Massimo Tulli, are accused in a case that led to the seizure of 23 million euros ($32 million).

On Friday Italian media reported prosecutors as saying that Cipriani and Tulli had signed off on the suspicious payment and former president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi had instead tried to enforce money laundering laws.

The two were forced to resign last year, three days after a senior Vatican accountant who held accounts at the bank - Monsignor Nunzio Scarano - was arrested in Italy for suspicious cash transfers.

Tedeschi, who was himself ousted in 2012 in an unusually public showdown with the bank's board, was instead entirely cleared by the investigation and threatened legal action for damage to his reputation.

The banker's lawyers said the accusations against their client had been 'unfounded.'

Some Italian media have reported that he was dismissed because of a clash with bank insiders who opposed his efforts to bring greater transparency to the institution.

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Two Vatican bank chiefs face trial while ex-chairman is acquited (Ucanews)

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