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Prosecutors: Vatican bank defying laundering laws (AP)

Październik 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 file photo Italian financial Police officers talk to each other in front of St. Peter's square at the Vatican. A Rome court has upheld the seizure of euro23 million ($31 million) from a Vatican bank account, and the Holy See is expressing 'astonishment' over the decision. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi says the Holy See 'learned of the ruling with astonishment.' Lombardi said Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 that Vatican bank officials maintain they can clarify the matter soon. The seizure last month was based on alleged violations of Italy's laws against money laundering. Lombardi indicated that the Vatican is contending the problem is a matter of how the regulations are interpreted. (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi/File)AP – Italian prosecutors contest claims by the Vatican bank that it is trying to comply with international rules to fight money laundering, saying an investigation that led to the seizure of euro23 million ($30 million) from a Vatican bank account shows „exactly the opposite,” according to a court document obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

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