New testimony at Vatican financial trial details intrigue over key witness’s deposition

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In dramatic testimony at the Vatican mega-trial on financial corruption Friday (Jan. 13), a former Vatican official who spent time in prison for her role in the Vatileaks scandal admitted to influencing the deposition of Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, a key prosecution witness in the current trial.Her goal, said Francesca Chaouqui, a former Vatican diplomat, was to alert Pope Francis to the brewing financial scandal that is at the heart of the 18-month-old proceeding that has charged 10 defendants with fraud and abuse of office.Daily religion news, straight to your inbox. Subscribe today.Email AddressFirst NameLast Name“I believed that I had to report to the Holy Father a description of what was happening behind his back,” said Chaouqui.Chaouqui’s testimony was ordered by Vatican judges overseeing the trial after Perlasca, who once headed the administrative office of the Vatican Secretariat of State, revealed in his own testimony in early December that his deposition was made under pressure from Chaouqui. Perlasca, once a target of the investigation into his department’s purchase of a luxury London real estate property, has given prosecutors crucial information about the involvement of his former superior, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, one of the 10 defendants.

New testimony at Vatican financial trial details intrigue over key witness’s deposition

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