(ANSA) - Rome, July 8 - A Rome court on Tuesday turned down
a request by Msgr Nunzio Scarano, the disgraced prelate at the
centre of a money-laundering scandal, to be released to house
Scarano was arrested last month on suspicion of
planning to elude customs with 20 million euros in cash.
He 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.
The court has also rejected an appeal for house arrest for
Giovanni Maria Zito, an agent in the AISI intelligence agency,
and Rome broker Giovanni Carenzio, who were also arrested along
Police said Scarano and Zito got a private jet to fly back
from Switzerland to Italy 20 million euros in cash for a family
who were friends with Scarano.
Zito is suspected of getting 400,000 euros for arranging
cover for the flight.
Scarano has been named in a separate probe into receiving
money in Salerno near Naples.
The arrests have been linked by the Italian media to past
probes into alleged irregularities at the Vatican Bank, IOR.