Sunday, July 14, 2013

Money-Smuggling Prelate Scarano Stays in Prison; Court in Rome Rejects Appeal for Release on Bail

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) has been ordered to stay in prison by the Court of Review in Rome after it rejected an appeal presented by the prelate's lawyers, the Vatican Insider website reports today (July 14, 2013).

Judges also rejected an appeal presented for financial broker Giovanni Carenzio and Giovanni Maria Zito, an agent in the AISI -- the internal intelligence agency of Italy.

The three men were arrested on June 28 after Rome prosecutors accused them of plotting to smuggle 20 million euros from Switzerland into Italy.

The three are also accused of corruption. If they are convicted, they face up to six years in prison, prosecutors said.

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