Vatican bank chief questioned in probe

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.

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.

Chairman 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 euro23 million from a Vatican bank account as a
precaution.

The chairman told reporters as he left the
courthouse that the allegations resulted from a
"misunderstanding" which he hoped would be cleared up. He said
they asked to be interrogated.

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

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

PTI

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