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Vatican renounces the extradition of the Italian woman who received funds from a cardinal.
Vatican City, Jan 18 – The Vatican Court renounced the extradition order it had issued against the Italian Cecilia Marogna, whom it accused of embezzling the funds she received from Cardinal Angelo Becciu, defenestrated by Pope Francis , after some financial scandals.
During today’s hearing in the Court of Milan, in which a verdict had to be issued on the extradition request issued by the Vatican and for which Marogna was arrested on October 13, the petition to “not proceed “by the Justice of the Holy See.
The question now remains as to whether Marogna will continue to be investigated for embezzlement by the Vatican Court, since there has been no official communication.
Following his arrest, Marogna had subsequently been released pending resolution of the extradition process.
The Sardinian businesswoman had been accredited to Cardinal Becciu, at the time a substitute (deputy) in the Secretary of State, as an expert in foreign policy.
According to information in the Domani and Corriere della Sera newspapers, when he was the powerful substitute for the Secretary of State (2011-2018), Becciu gave about 500,000 euros to Marogna, head of a company based in Slovenia, and an expert in security and international relations, to create a protection network for some nunciatures.
An investigation by the television program “Le Iene” of the channel “Italia1” revealed that part of this money, about 200,000 euros, was used to buy luxury items, such as 12,000 euros for a sofa, 2,200 for a Prada bag, another 1,400 for one from Tod’s and 8,000 for one from Chanel.
This was one of the chapters that the press has been filtering about Becciu’s management when he was a substitute for the Secretary of State and after, by surprise, Francisco removed him on September 24 from his post as prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints and also of his rights as a cardinal, perhaps thinking about a future process.
Regarding a possible prosecution of Becciu, the Italian weekly “L’Espresso” and the newspaper “Domani” assured that the cardinal is being investigated by the Vatican prosecutor’s office for embezzlement of funds that he directed to companies of his brothers and also would have added between the charges the case of the money given to the Marogna society and its lack of supervision.
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