Woman with links to deposed cardinal to go on trial, Vatican says

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The embezzlement trial of a woman with links to deposed Cardinal Angelo Becciu will start soon, Vatican judicial officials said on Monday, but it was not yet clear if the cardinal will also be tried.

Cecilia Marogna, 39, had worked for Becciu, a former top Vatican official who was dismissed in September by Pope Francis, who accused him of embezzlement and nepotism.

A statement from the office of the Vatican’s Promoter of Justice said that a trial would be starting “imminently” at which Marogna would face charges of “embezzlement in complicity with others”. It was the first time the Vatican has spoken of a trial in the case.

The statement did not name the other people it said were accomplices and a Vatican spokesman said he had no further details.

Marogna has denied wrongdoing and a call made to her cellphone on Monday was not answered. Becciu previously has denied all wrongdoing and on Monday his lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

via Reuters

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