Vatican City, Feb 10, 2021 / 07:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Cecilia Marogna, an Italian woman expected to face trial at the Vatican on charges of embezzlement, has lodged an appeal with a Milan court over the confiscation of her cellphone.
According to Italian media reports, Marogna appealed to the Court of Review of Milan on Feb. 9 against the seizure of her cellphone as part of a Vatican investigation against her.
The smartphone is reported to have been recently sent to Vatican investigators after being in the possession of Italian investigators since October.
Marogna, a 39-year-old from Sardinia, has been accused of misappropriating Vatican funds from payments of more than 500,000 euros (around $600,000) she received from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State through her Slovenia-registered company in 2018 and 2019.
Marogna has said that she worked for the Secretariat of State as a security consultant and strategist. She acknowledged receiving hundreds of thousands of euros from the Vatican but insisted that the money was for her Vatican consultancy work and salary.