Vatican scandal, Monsignor Perlasca’s story about Cardinal Becciu: “He told me to download Signal and delete his text messages”. The magistrates called “ask us” because they asked questions

“Pigs”. The cardinal Angelo Becciu, former Substitute of the Vatican Secretariat of State, thus replied to Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, head of the Administrative Office of the Secretariat of State until 2019, who had reported to him the questions of the magistrates of the Office of the Promoter of Justice on the Sardinian manager Cecilia Marogna, to which 575 thousand euros from the Holy See had been paid. The detail emerges in the decree that provides the indictment of 10 people including the cardinal, where it is also reported that Perlasca reported to the Vatican investigators that “Becciu told me to download Signal for safer chats ”. Not only. The cardinal would have told him “to delete his sms“.

Perlasca’s story is in a memorial handed over to investigators and filed in the summons on the London palace scandal. The monsignor’s interrogation took place only a few days after the report by the Nunciature of Ljubljana relating to the manager from Cagliari and her company Logsic. “Two days after the interrogation – writes Perlasca – I went to Cardinal Becciu and told him everything the magistrate had told me. He was very upset that this topic had been mentioned (he said: what pigs!), and scolded me harshly for keeping the messages he had sent me on my phone and that I should have deleted them instead. I told him that I did not see the reason, since he had told me that the operation had been wanted by the Holy Father and therefore I thought I was acting correctly. On that occasion, he told me that he knew that woman, who was from Dis. He told me that he knew that a company would be formed, but that he did not know that it was established in Slovenia ”.

In a subsequent interrogation, Perlasca then recounts that when he referred questions to Becciu “about the Slovenian affair, he was actually very upset. He made me download the Signal application specifying that through this application the chats indelibly destroy themselves after a short time “. Then when I told him “that I had learned that the investigators had ascertained that the sums sent for the release of the nun had gone at least partially for discretionary expenses, he replied that the next day he would call the lady to reinstate what was wrongly withdrawn”. What reported by Perlasca, the Vatican investigators underline, “is particularly significant if we consider that at the time, at the end of April 2020, Angelo Becciu, as highlighted, he was not even suspected of having participated in the commission of any crime“. Perlasca began to collaborate with the investigators at the end of August 2020, providing, as stated in the subpoena decree, “a valuable contribution to the reconstruction of some central moments of the story relating to the London building”. Always Perlasca, the Vatican investigators underline, “did not fail to nourish doubts about the management of other operations encouraged by Angelo Becciu such as, for example, the charity concert offered by Claudio Baglioni and to underline the particular ability of the Cardinal in managing communication to convey news to complacent journalists ”.

The statements by the head of the Administrative Office of the Secretariat of State up to 2019 are considered “a valuable contribution to the reconstruction of some central moments of the story relating to the London building”. The architect Luciano Capaldo, a former collaborator of Torzi and current manager of the London property, is also judged “an important declaratory source” by the Vatican magistrates, to whom he sent, among other things, an articulated information dossier on the Sloane Avenue building which for the prosecutors of the Holy See “constitutes a precious point of reference, as well as to frame the terms of reference from the economic point of view of the operation, also to illuminate the roles played by Raffaele Mincione and Gianluigi Torzi”.

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