Vatican Court Jails Cardinal In Italy For Five Years Over Embezzlement

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Vatican court has sentenced Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu to five years and six months in jail.

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Becciu on was convicted on Saturday of several counts of embezzlement.

He was the highest ranking Church official ever to stand trial before a Vatican criminal court.

Becciu’s lawyer, Fabio Viglione, told reporters in the court room that he would lodge an appeal, saying his client was innocent.

Ten defendants were accused of various counts of crimes including fraud, abuse of office, and money laundering. They had all denied wrongdoing.

It took Court President Giuseppe Pignatone 25 minutes to read all the verdicts and sentences.

Becciu, like the other nine defendants, was convicted on some counts and found not guilty of others.

The trial lasted two and a half years and sat for 86 sessions.

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