Vatican trial prosecutors concede case defects, keen to analyze extra

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VATICAN CITY, Oct 5 (Reuters) – The prosecution at a Vatican trial of 10 folks accused of monetary crimes, together with a cardinal, acknowledged on Tuesday weaknesses in its case and stated it was keen to return to the investigative part to fill in gaps contested by the defence.

Deputy prosecutor Alessandro Diddi made the shock announcement on the first listening to because the trial began in July, saying: “I feel the duty to meet (the defence requests) half-way.”

Court president Giuseppe Pignatone adjourned the trial after about two hours, saying he would announce his resolution on that and different motions on Wednesday.

The most distinguished of the defendants is Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a as soon as highly effective Vatican official.

The trial revolves largely across the buy by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State of a constructing in certainly one of London’s smartest districts.

The prosecution has accused Becciu, different former Vatican officers or staff concerned within the deal, and out of doors middlemen, of embezzlement, abuse of workplace, and fraud, amongst different costs. All have denied wrongdoing.

Pope Francis fired Becciu from his final Vatican put up in 2020 for alleged nepotism, which he additionally has denied.

Reporting by Philip Pullella
Editing by Gareth Jones and Mark Heinrich

Trial begins at the Vatican for 10 people, including prominent Italian cardinal Angelo Becciu, who are charged with financial crimes including embezzlement, money laundering, fraud, extortion and abuse of office, at the Vatican, July 27, 2021. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS