Vatican judge indicts 10 for alleged financial crimes

A Vatican judge has ordered 10 people to stand trial for alleged financial crimes, including embezzlement, money laundering, fraud, extortion, and abuse of office.

Those indicted include Cardinal Angelo Becciu, formerly a senior official in the Vatican administration, two top officials at the Vatican's Financial Intelligence Unit, and two Italian brokers, over a multi-million euro scandal involving the Vatican's purchase of a building in one of London's wealthiest districts.

Pope Francis fired Becciu last year, who has maintained his innocence during a two-year investigation.

He has become the highest-ranking Vatican-based Church official to be indicted for alleged financial crimes.

As per Church law, the pope personally approved the judge's decision to investigate and indict Becciu.

The charges against him include embezzlement and abuse of office.

Italian brokers Gianluigi Torzi and Raffaele Mincione were indicted on charges of embezzlement, fraud, and money laundering.

Torzi, for whom Italian magistrates issued an arrest warrant in April, was also charged with extortion.

Both have denied wrongdoing.

Four companies associated with individual defendants, two in Switzerland, one in the United States, and one in Slovenia, were also indicted.

The trial is due to start later this month.

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