Cecilia Marogna was arrested at a friend’s house in the northern city on an Interpol warrant issued at the request of Holy Scene, the website of the daily Il Corriere della Sera reported.
The 39-year-old has been labeled a “Cardinal’s woman” or “500,000-euro woman” by journalists. And revelations about pay to Marogna have been all spicier to spy and Vatican power game talk of spying for his alleged ties.
Marogna received payment from Cardinal Angelo Besiku, who was abruptly removed from his role by Pope Francis last month on suspicion of misappropriation of funds.
After appearing in front of reporters in early October, with her face hidden behind large sunglasses, Magrna said the money covered her services as an intermediary, who hijacked priests and nuns in Africa and Asia Were the arbiters for the release of.
In several interviews, she confirmed that the sum of 500,000 Euros was paid to her Lubjlana-based company Logic.
Like 72-year-old Bisiku, Marogna is originally from Sardinia.
While serving as number two in the Vatican’s state secretariat, the cardinal authorized him to pay, which manages the church’s vast donations.
“I have not stolen a single euro,” Cecilia Marogna told the newspaper Domani about the payment made in installments of tens of thousands of euros.
Instead, “I have a letter from the cardinal that empowers me to travel and conduct diplomatic relations to help the church in difficult areas,” she said, claiming to know “senior members of the Italian secret services” doing.
She told Corriere della Sera that she is “not a mistress of Bikasi”, calling herself “a political analyst and intelligence expert” with “a network of relationships in Africa and the Middle East” to protect Vatican representatives abroad.
Many Italian media outlets received anonymous envelopes with details from Marogna’s company accounts.
The investigative TV program Le Iné aired some of them to spend 200,000 euros on luxury products, including 12,000 euros for a chair.
“I think I have the right to buy myself a chair after that work!” Marogna said, claiming that she was an innocent victim of internal Vatican power struggles.
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