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Scarano's Vatican bank accounts already frozen, says IOR

Ex-prelate under investigation for financial crimes

21 January, 15:10
Scarano's Vatican bank accounts already frozen, says IOR (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, January 21 - All accounts at the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), linked to Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, the former Vatican prelate who is under investigation for alleged financial crimes, were frozen last July, an IOR spokesman told ANSA on Tuesday.

The freezing was ordered by a Vatican tribunal on 9 July after Scarano was detained in June on suspicion of planning to elude customs with 20 million euros in cash for a family of boat-builders he was friends with.

On Tuesday he was issued a second arrest warrant in connection with a separate money-laundering probe. The new warrant also requested that the Vatican bank freeze his accounts.

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