VATICAN CITY ( Associated Press) — The Vatican’s grandiose financial fraud and corruption trial took a soap opera turn Friday with court-ordered testimony from a public relations expert who filed a complaint against one of the main defendants, Cardinal Angelo Becciu.
Francesca Chowki was called to testify after text messages, included in the indictment, indicated that she had helped turn Besieu’s main whistleblower over to the cardinal. Chowki has never hidden his fantasy of getting revenge on Basquiat, whom he accused of being behind his prosecution in 2015 and 2016 for handing over confidential documents to journalists.
He apparently had an opportunity to settle the score when Vatican police launched an investigation into a 350 million euro real estate investment from the Vatican Secretariat of State in London in 2019. Prosecutors accused 10 people, including the BCCU, of a series of financial crimes, alleging that religious leaders and outside intermediaries collected millions of euros from the Holy See in fees and commissions.
Becciu is accused in two tangential agreements in the London case, which appeared after his former right-hand man, Archbishop Alberto Perlasca, switched sides and began cooperating with prosecutors in August 2020. Perlasca revealed last month that she changed her story after a friend began seeking advice from someone she identified as a “retired magistrate.”
The “retired magistrate” turned out to be Chauk himself, part of a papal commission investigating the vast and opaque finances of the Holy See. She is best known in Vatican circles for her role in the “VatiLeaks” scandal, for which she was convicted of conspiracy to leak confidential documents to journalists and received a 10-month suspended prison sentence.
Speaking to reporters outside the Vatican on Friday, the chauffeur vowed to reveal that Biccu had defrauded Pope Francis and that the “transparency” he had sought since working with the commission was paying off. Was.
Carrying a box full of documents, the outpost denied that he had mistakenly presented himself as a magistrate and insisted that he was acting exclusively in the interests of Francisco and the truth. Was.
“I will explain to the Vatican Tribunal and the world how the Pope was humiliated,” he tweeted.