Vatican trial attorneys concede to a number of defects, and are prepared to investigate more

Vatican trial attorneys concede to a number of defects, and are prepared to investigate more ...

The prosecution at a Vatican trial of ten accused of financial crimes, including swindler, acknowledged on Tuesday weaknesses in its case and said it was prepared to return to the investigative phase to correct gaps contested by the defense.

Deputy prosecutor Alessandro Diddi made the announcement at the first hearing since the trial began in July, saying: "I feel the duty to meet (the defence requests) half-way."

Giuseppe Pignatone, the Court president, said he would announce his decision on that and other motions on Wednesday. The trial was adjourned after about two hours.

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a once mighty Vatican official, is the most prominent of the defendants.

The trial centers in part on the acquisition by the Vatican Secretariat of State of a building in one of London's most fashionable districts.

Becciu, other former Vatican officials or employees involved in the transaction, as well as outside intermediaries, have been accused of embezzlement, corruption, and misconduct of office, among other things. All have denied wrongdoing.

Pope Francis fired Becciu from his last Vatican post in 2020 for alleged nepotism, which he has also denied.

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