Rome Newsroom, Jun 11, 2021 / 05:50 am
Searches were carried out this week on the Italian island of Sardinia in connection with a Vatican investigation into accusations of embezzlement by Cardinal Angelo Becciu.
The searches took place at the offices of Spes Cooperative, a limited liability corporation owned and legally represented by Becciu’s brother Antonino, as well as at the Diocese of Ozieri and its diocesan charity, Caritas.
Ozieri is the former diocese of Becciu, who is from Sardinia.
Rome prosecutor Maria Teresa Gerace is reported to have ordered the searches at the request of Vatican prosecutors.
Becciu’s lawyer issued a statement June 10 welcoming the search and insisting that a review of documents would show that Becciu’s actions were legitimate.
He said that an investigation into the documents taken in the searches “can only further confirm the absolute correctness of the conduct of His Eminence Cardinal Becciu, the Diocese of Ozieri, and the Spes social cooperative, whose work is free from censure of any order and grade and perfectly responds to institutional prerogatives and purposes.”
In a statement on Facebook, Becciu’s brother Mario said that the raid had been requested in October 2020 but was only carried out now, by Italy’s financial police.
He also said that the documents would show the allegations of embezzlement against his brother to be false.