Vatican fraud trial adjourned until October

A landmark Vatican fraud trial involving a cardinal has been adjourned until October.

Cardinal Angelo Becciu and nine others face charges of embezzlement and abuse of office.

They deny any wrongdoing.

Becciu is accused of using hundreds of millions of euros of church money to buy a building in one of London's wealthiest districts.

He's also charged with funnelling money and contracts to companies or charities controlled by his brothers.

Becciu said he wanted to comply with the wishes of Pope Francis who stripped him of his immunity so he could be indicted.

Becciu and his former secretary were the only defendants present at a hearing on Tuesday that lasted nearly eight hours and was dedicated mostly to procedural matters.

The others exercised their right to be defended in absentia.

Becciu is the most senior Vatican official to be tried for financial crimes.

Officials hope the case will be a turning point in the Vatican's financial credibility and show that no-one is above the law.

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