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Italy court overturns arrest warrant for broker on trial at Vatican

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ROME, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Italy’s highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned an arrest warrant for an Italian broker on trial at the Vatican in a case involving the acquisition of constructing in considered one of London’s smartest districts, his lawyer mentioned.

Gianluigi Torzi was considered one of two brokers concerned within the deal and is going through prices of embezzlement, fraud, cash laundering and extortion at the trial that started in July. He denies any wrongdoing.

Lawyer Ambra Giovane mentioned the appeals court had overturned the arrest warrant and despatched it again to a decrease tribunal that may now should determine whether or not to rescind or affirm it.

Torzi lives in London and is combating a world arrest warrant. If the decrease tribunal rescinds the Italian arrest warrant, the worldwide one would lapse, she mentioned.

It was the newest setback for the prosecution at the trial of 10 defendants, together with a cardinal who was fired by Pope Francis and quite a few former Vatican staff.

At a session final week, the chief choose ordered the prosecution to provide the defence extra entry to proof and to query defendants who weren’t given the correct to talk earlier. learn extra

The Vatican’s Secretariat of State sank greater than 350 million euros into the constructing within the South Kensington space of the British capital, based on Vatican media, and suffered what Cardinal George Pell, an ex-Vatican treasurer, advised Reuters final 12 months have been “enormous losses”.

The choose has given the prosecution till Nov. 3 to provide the defence extra proof forward of the trial’s scheduled resumption on Nov. 17.

Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Giles Elgood

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