High-ranking Cardinal Angelo Becciu will answer to a Vatican tribunal on July 27 in a case of fraud during the purchase of a luxury real estate in London, the Washington Post reports.
In addition, Becciu is also suspected of embezzling money from Vatican charities to help his relatives. The Italian cardinal was suspended by the pontiff in September 2020. He is charged with abuse of office, embezzlement, and witness tampering in the case of the Vatican's loss-making investments in London. A total of 10 people are being prosecuted in the corruption case.
Earlier, Pope Francis, because of the coronavirus and the ensuing worsening financial situation, cut payments to employees of the Holy See, employees of the Vatican City State, and other church structures.