Extortion from 15 million to the Vatican. It is the disturbing hypothesis that emerges from the Oltretevere investigation that led to the arrest of today Gianluigi Torzi as part of investigations into the Holy See’s acquisition of Sloane Avenue in London. Torzi, a businessman from Molise, according to the prosecution’s reconstructions, would have come into contact with the State Secretariat to help you solve the impasse of participating in the Athena fund of Raffaele Mincione, participation financed with the money of the Saint Peter’s Obolo – destined for the poor – and cost to the Vatican coffers – always according to what reconstructed by the investigators – losses of several million euros.
The broker now under arrest, however, according to the allegations, would soon have turned into the man capable of keeping the secretariat of state in hand until he completed an extortion of 15 million. To put Torzi in a position to carry out an extortion at the Vatican is the scam that, according to investigators, the entrepreneur allegedly committed against the Secretariat of State. In particular, what the agency learns AdnkronosTorzi, who with his Gutt Sa had triangulated for the Holy See the purchase from Mincione of the London property in the center of the investigation, would have retained without informing the Secretariat of State a thousand shares (the only ones with voting rights) of the company, thereby effectively preventing the Vatican (to which it had sold 30 thousand shares but without the right to vote) to dispose of the building.