VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Vatican judges presiding over a megatrial of clergy and workers in reference to a large-scale monetary scandal ordered on Wednesday (Oct. 6) that extra materials be handed over to the protection groups and that some proof collected throughout the investigations be withdrawn.
The choice adopted a forceful pushback on Tuesday from the group of attorneys representing 10 defendants, together with the church’s former third-highest-ranking prelate, Cardinal Angelo Becciu. The Vatican tribunal, led by its president, Giuseppe Pignatone, dominated that the Vatican’s prosecutor should hand over all of the proof, together with full recordings of telephone calls and interrogations, by Nov. 3.
The judges’ ruling, learn from the bench by Pignatone, was one other unflattering second for Vatican prosecutors, who have been upbraided by a British choose in March for making “appalling” misrepresentations in a continuing in London associated to the true property deal on the coronary heart of the case.
The costs within the trial revolve across the controversial buy of actual property in London that resulted in a lack of greater than $200 million for the Vatican.
Probably the most delicate piece of proof withheld from protection attorneys is a video recording of an interrogation of Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, Becciu’s former personal secretary, who signed the contract for the London actual property deal however was not indicted after agreeing to cooperate with investigators. The protection was given solely a summarized verbal transcript of Perlasca’s video interview.
Perlasca’s testimony was an important contribution to their effort to reconstruct the occasions regarding the London property, Vatican prosecutors say, however they claimed that its content material couldn’t be shared with out “irreparably compromising the privateness rights of the folks concerned.”
Protection attorneys stated their capacity to cross-examine witnesses could be “grievously harmed” in the event that they didn’t have full data of Perlasca’s testimony.
“We objected to not having at our disposal a collection of paperwork such because the entirety of the interrogations,” Becciu’s lawyer, Fabio Viglione, instructed reporters on Wednesday. “As soon as we now have all of the paperwork, we are going to defend ourselves extra effectively,” he stated.
“We would like every part!” he added, not the “little summaries.”
Alessandro Diddi, the Vatican promoter of justice, as prosectors are recognized within the Vatican system, admitted on Tuesday that it was a “mistake” to not expose the whole thing of the proof, and within the ruling Pignatone learn from the bench, the tribunal agreed.
“The deposition of the paperwork requested by the protection appears indispensable to the purpose of guaranteeing equity,” Pignatone stated, and he advised that the prosecution couldn’t each depend Perlasca’s interrogation as proof whereas asking that its contents stay confidential.