Vatican City, Jan 7, 2021 / 12:00 pm
Australia's financial crime watchdog said Thursday that it is conducting a "detailed review" of Vatican-linked transfers worth $1.8 billion.
The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), a government agency, said Jan. 7 that it was seeking to shed light on the mystery transfers in cooperation with the Vatican.
"AUSTRAC is currently undertaking a detailed review of the figures and is working with the Holy See and Vatican City State Financial Intelligence Unit on this matter," the agency said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Reports of a money transfer from the Vatican to Australia date back to Oct. 2, when Italian media claimed that an alleged transfer was part of a dossier being compiled by Vatican investigators and prosecutors against Cardinal Angelo Becciu.