Vatican City, Dec 14, 2021 / 05:15 am
In a very brief hearing on Tuesday, the president of the Vatican tribunal said that a landmark financial trial had yet to really get started.
“We are in an open construction site,” Giuseppe Pignatone told the court on Dec. 14, indicating that he hoped to start hearing witness testimony in February, with a schedule that will likely include four audiences per month.
The hearing, which lasted only 10 minutes, was the latest in the Vatican’s historic trial to prosecute people — including Cardinal Angelo Becciu — connected to the Secretariat of State’s investment in a London property for 350 million euros ($396 million).
The trial kicked off in July with 10 defendants but has been mired in procedural problems.