Vatican says monetary regulator to depart; he says he resigned

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FILE PHOTO: Rene Bruelhart, director of the Vatican’s Monetary Info Authority (FIA), attends a information convention on the Vatican Could 22, 2013. The Vatican’s new monetary watchdog stated on Wednesday it had detected six doable makes an attempt to make use of the Holy See to launder cash final yr and held up the disclosure as proof it’s dedicated to transparency. Information/Alessandro Bianchi/

VATICAN CITY (Information) – The Vatican stated on Monday that Rene Bruelhart, the pinnacle of its monetary regulator, could be leaving, and Bruelhart advised Information he had resigned.

The departure of Bruelhart, a Swiss lawyer who has been within the high job for 5 years, follows an unprecedented raid on the workplaces of the Monetary Info Authority (AIF) and the Secretariat of State on Oct. 1.

A quick Vatican assertion stated Bruelhart would go away on the finish of his mandate on Tuesday and that Pope Francis had taken steps to call a successor, to be could be introduced after the pope returns from a visit to Thailand and Japan on Nov. 26.

“I resigned,” Bruelhart advised Information by telephone shortly after the announcement was made.

5 Vatican workers had been suspended instantly after the police raids on Oct. 1, together with AIF director Tommaso di Ruzza.

Two weeks later, Domenico Giani, the Vatican’s longtime safety chief and Pope Francis’ private bodyguard, resigned over the leak of a doc associated to a Justice of the Peace’s investigation of an actual property deal in London..

The AIF has denied any wrongdoing and the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, final month acknowledged that the deal was not clear and promised to make clear it.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; Enhancing by Catherine Evans