Inspired by their own experiences, British justice has sentenced the State of Vatican City to pay £200,000 to a charity for the scandal involving the sale of an apartment for Cardinal Angelo Becciu. The Holy See bought the property earlier this year and uncovered a possible conspiracy about corruption in St. Peter’s Pence and parallel Vatican diplomacy at the time.
The Vatican has been ruled to pay $ 215 million in compensation to families of Benedict XVI’s victims as part of a binding international court ruling. The Holy See must now release this amount within 28 days. However, it is not the end of the story with the London Palace, which is reportedly sold for $215 million when it was originally estimated that its total value was about $350 million. 135 million and more than 100 percent would have gone to charities.
Ten defendants in the Vatican, including a former cardinal
Law enforcement has been investigating the alleged embezzling of millions from the Vatican bank, and more scathing allegations are being made. In some cases, people accused of wrongdoing in this process have found refuge in places outside the country, including a British citizen who, having British citizenship, submitted his case to the courts.
Although there are still discussions regarding this, the Court of Appeal in England and London is considering bringing the Vatican as a whole to justice. In Mincione’s defense, they claim that possible violations in the sale of the property on Chelsea street were an accident waiting to happen.
Mincione (known in court circles as the Becciu broker) was able to commit fraud by artificially inflating the price of real estate in 2018. However, according to a British newspaper, the court agreed with the businessman, who denies any wrongdoing on his part, and emphasizes that British justice has the right to examine documents for the sale of real estate and decide whether all parties to the transaction acted in good faith. So is Vatican City.
The decision of the Vatican to continue selling prints of Michelangelo’s famous painting to Mincione is contrary to the principle of immunity, which dictates that it doesn’t apply in this case. There’s still no word on who will have to go on behalf of the Holy See and what kind of claim can be substantiated. Meanwhile, the Vatican courts are continuing their trial with dozens of defendants, including Mincione and former number three in the Vatican Angelo Becciu.