Two former top Vatican hospital officials appeared before a Vatican court for a pretrial hearing on allegations of embezzlement.
Giuseppe Profiti, who was president of Bambino Gesu hospital from 2008 to 2015, and Massimo Spina, the former treasurer, appeared with their lawyers before Vatican magistrates on 18th July in a nearly two-hour preliminary hearing, led by the presiding Vatican judge, Paolo Papanti-Pelletier.
A court clerk read the charges, which the Vatican had made public on 13th July: Profiti, 55, and Spina, 57, were accused of an illicit appropriation and use of funds belonging to the Bambino Gesu Foundation to pay Gianantonio Bandera, an Italian contractor, to refurbish an apartment belonging to Vatican City State. The apartment was used as the residence of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state.
The indictment said Profiti and Spina extracted more than 420,000 euros for ‘completely non-institutional ends’ by using the money to refurbish Vatican property in order ‘to benefit Gianantonio Bandera’s company.’ It said the alleged crime was committed in Vatican City State and spanned from November 2013 to 28th May 2014 – the time period that the contractor’s seven invoices were dated and paid for, according to news reports.