(ANSA) - Rome, July 3 - Two men being probed together with
disgraced Vatican prelate Msgr Nunzio Scarano denied Wednesday
that 20 million euros in cash seized by police belonged to them.
"Those 20 million euros are not ours," Paolo and Cesare
D'Amico, whose family was friendly with Scarano, told
Their version of events does not correspond to what
Scarano, who until recently led a key Vatican accounting unit,
told prosecutors under continued questioning.
Scarano has denied charges that he conspired with a former
Italian spy and a financial broker to try to secretly repatriate
20 million euros of laundered money from Switzerland to Italy.
Scarano, who is from the port city of Salerno near Naples,
was suspended a month ago from his job as head of analytic
accounts at the Holy See's asset-management agency APSA when
police started sifting through his assets because of his
suspiciously large financial holdings and artistic trove.
He was arrested in late June on suspicion of planning to
elude customs controls along with Giovanni Maria Zito, a
recently transferred agent in the AISI domestic intelligence
agency, and financial broker Giovanni Carenzio.
Police said Scarano and Zito set up a private jet to fly
the cash for three Salerno-based shipowners, the D'Amicos, whose
family was friendly with Scarano.
Police have said the D'Amico brothers were the alleged
beneficiaries of what they called "a complex and expensive
operation to evade airport customs controls and bring back into
Italy money that is believed to be the fruit of tax evasion".