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IBAC says it won’t investigate George Pell Vatican wire transfer claims

Victoria’s anti-corruption agency says it will not investigate allegations that Vatican funds were used in an attempt to secure child sex abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell, finding there was not enough merit in the claims.

Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera published stories in October claiming a rival of Cardinal Pell’s was suspected of arranging for €700,000 ($1.1 million) to be transferred to people in Australia to support the prosecution of the charges.

Cardinal George Pell has returned to Rome.

Cardinal George Pell has returned to Rome.Credit:Andrew Medichini

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission said the media reports were not enough to kickstart an investigation.

“IBAC confirms it received information based on media reports which alleged Vatican funds were transferred to individuals in support of the recent case against George Pell,” the statement said.

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