Vatican bank bosses questioned

2010-09-30 14:14

Rome – The two top officials of the Vatican’s bank have been questioned by Italian prosecutors probing alleged violations of Italy’s anti-money laundering laws.

Chairperson Ettore Gotti Tedeschi and the director-general Paolo Cipriani spent about four hours at the prosecutor’s office today, a week after Italian authorities seized €23 million (about R218 million) from a Vatican bank account as a precaution.

The chairperson told reporters as he left the court that the allegations resulted from a “misunderstanding” which he hoped would be cleared up.

The prosecutor who is handling the case was not in his office for comment. He has made no public statements since the probe was launched.

The Vatican has insisted that its bank has not been involved in money laundering and has stood behind its two officials.

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