Victoria Police refuses to investigate anti-Pell cash transfers
The smelliest police force in Australia rushes to declare that the recipients will be protected:
Victoria police has confirmed being made aware of payments from the Vatican to Australia, but says that without evidence of “suspicious activity” it is not investigating them.
On Tuesday, Australia’s financial crimes watchdog, Austrac, revealed it had provided information to the federal and Victorian police after it was asked to examine allegations that €700,000 (A$1.1m) had been paid from Vatican funds, allegedly in connection with George Pell’s court matters.
On Friday, a Victoria police spokeswoman told Guardian Australia: “Austrac has made Victoria police aware of transfer of monies from the Vatican over a period of time to Australia.”
“They have not advised Victoria police of any suspicious activity related to these transactions,” she said. “In the absence of any other evidence or intelligence, Victoria police has noted the advice from Austrac. We are not at this time conducting any further investigation.”
No evidence of suspicious activity – apart from 700,000 stolen euros being tipped into somebody’s account “over a period of time.” Note well that VicPol doesn’t deny the recipient was linked to the anti-Pell cause. If the money went to a plainly neutral person or cause, they would have said so. Loudly.
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