Vatican seeks prison term over hospital cash used to furnish cardinal's flat
Vatican prosecutors on Monday demanded a three-year jail sentence for the former president of the city state's children's hospital.
He is charged with embezzlement for using donations to renovate a cardinal's apartment.
The Vatican said in a statement that prosecutors also asked for a finding of not guilty against a second defendant, the hospital's former treasurer, citing insufficient proof.
Verdicts could come as early as Saturday, when the trial resumes.
Giuseppe Profiti, the former president of the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital, has defended spending 422,000 euro in donations to the hospital's foundation to renovate the penthouse apartment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the retired Vatican number two.
Profiti gave evidence that the investment would have brought in even more donations during fundraisers at the apartment.
In formulating his request, Vatican prosecutor Roberto Zanotti said Profiti, in his role as a public office holder, had "committed the vice of excessive power".
The prosecutor also demanded that Profiti pay a 5,000-euro fine and be banned from public office for life.
The hospital's current president, Mariella Enoc, testified on Monday that revelations the funds had been used for the cardinal's apartment caused "very grave damage" to the hospital's foundation.
Ms Enoc said, once she took over, she never held fundraisers at the cardinal's apartment "because it's not my style to raise money by holding dinners at the houses of cardinals or other personalities".
The fact that nearly Euros 500,000 of donations for a Rome children's hospital was diverted into helping to renovate a Vatican apartment for a retiring cardinal is a huge scandal.
This new apartment for BERTONE on a Vatican rooftop was partly renovated by diverting donations and funds from the Bambino Gesu children's hospital.
The apartment contains a Euro 50,000 kitchen! When Pope Francis heard about it he asked: "Is it gold"?
Bertone, who looks the part of a mafia man, is in his 80's. Why does he need such an elaborate apartment at this stage of his life - when he is on his way OUT of the world?
In order to make the apartment bigger, Bertone evicted a sick old priest from the next door apartment to knock the adjoining wall down. The old priest was in hospital at the time and got home to discover his apartment gone and his belongings missing.
AND, why was Bertone not charged for taking the money from the children's hospital. After all, he received stolen money!
Its one of the reasons that I hardly ever donate to a charity run by the Catholic hierarchy.