Arrested Vatican prelate fears being poisoned
Scarano claims to be in mortal danger, asks pope to be heard10 October, 13:32
Scarano led a key Vatican accounting unit until a month prior to his June arrest in a probe over allegations he conspired with a former Italian spy and a financial broker to try to secretly repatriate the massive sum of cash, allegedly the fruit of tax evasion by a family close to the prelate.
The prelate, from the port city of Salerno near Naples, had been suspended before his arrest from his job as head of analytic accounts at the Holy See's asset-management agency APSA after being named in a separate probe into receiving money in Salerno.
Scarano is currently being held in a hospital.
In the interview, Scarano characterized himself as ''the scapegoat of a number of powerful Vatican (figures) against whom the pope, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, is already taking wise decisions''. Scarano called on Pope Francis to hear him ''at least once'' before judging and condemning him.
''His words against me have pained me deeply,'' Scarano said after the pope said in July that he was hurt by the case and suggested he thought the prelate was guilty.
Regarding nearly three million euros found in his bank accounts, Scarano said: ''they are donations and savings of 40 years of work and priestly ministry''.
Scarano called the funds ''savings carefully treasured to carry out my final wish - a home for the sick''.