Vic watchdog won't look at Pell claims

Karen SweeneyAAP
There are claims a Cardinal at the Vatican sent money to secure evidence against George Pell.
Camera IconThere are claims a Cardinal at the Vatican sent money to secure evidence against George Pell.

Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog won't investigate unsubstantiated allegations Vatican funds were transferred to people in support of a criminal case against Cardinal George Pell.

Last month, Italian media reported the unverified claims the Cardinal's Vatican nemesis, ousted Cardinal Angelo Becciu, wired $A1.1 million in Vatican money to a bank account in Australia.

It was suggested money was used to secure evidence against Cardinal Pell in his child sexual abuse trial.

He was convicted of five charges in December 2018, but had his convictions quashed by the High Court earlier this year.

IBAC reviewed information based on media reports about the claims and found its threshold to begin inquiries or an investigation had not been met.

In a statement the watchdog said media reports alone would unlikely to be enough to begin an investigation, noting the matter would only be looked into if further credible information was received.

Cardinal Becciu has been sacked but denies any wrongdoing.

Cardinal Pell returned to Sydney after his acquittal and early last month travelled to Rome.

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