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Argentina church investigates nuns' role in money scandal

Published 20/07/2016

The Catholic Church is aiming to find out of a
The Catholic Church is aiming to find out of a "canonical crime" was committed

Argentina's Catholic Church is launching an investigation into whether a group of nuns helped a former government official who allegedly tried to hide nine million dollars (£6.8 million) in cash at their convent.

Probe leader the Rev Tom O'Donnell said the four nuns will be investigated "to determine if there was a canonical crime and help the actions of the civil justice".

Former public works secretary Jose Lopez was arrested last month at the convent on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Police discovered wads of US dollars along with three other currencies.

Argentine media recently aired CCTV footage allegedly showing Lopez bringing cash in through the convent's main entrance, aided by two nuns.

One of them is to appear before a judge on August 1.

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