Wednesday, February 28

Australia Halts Investigation into Vatican Money in Pell Case

Australia is ending an investigation into reports that a large sum of money was transferred from the Vatican in the trial of Cardinal George Pell for sexual abuse.

 

It would be about 730,000 pounds that were intended to support the cardinal’s opponents.

The investigation was opened after the Australian financial crime watchdog handed over information on the case to Australian police. But there is no evidence for suspicious activity, police said on Friday.

The money is said to come from Pell’s nemesis, Cardinal Angelo Becciu. Italian media recently came up with this message.

79-year-old Pell, once one of the most powerful men in the Vatican, was found guilty of sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys last year and jailed for six years.

He was detained for more than a year before being acquitted on appeal.

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