VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A British judge on Tuesday (March 23) reversed a previous court decision that froze the assets of Gianluigi Torzi, who is accused of defrauding the Vatican of roughly $22 million, allegedly with the help of conspirators inside and outside the Vatican.

“I do not consider there is reasonable cause to believe that Mr. Torzi has benefited from criminal conduct,” wrote Judge Tony Baumgartner of Southwark Crown Court, criticizing the Vatican Promoter of Justice offices for court filings that the judge said were riddled with “non-disclosures and misrepresentations.”

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The charges against Torzi revolve around the 2018 purchase of a property in central London, which cost the Vatican well

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