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Italian Accused of Extorting Vatican Set to Be Extradited

  • Gianluigi Torzi accused of extortion in real estate purchase
  • He argued he risks double jeopardy if sent to Italy from U.K.
A police officer stands guard at the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square. 

A police officer stands guard at the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square. 

Photographer: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

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A businessman accused of extorting Vatican officials during the purchase of a property in London’s upscale Chelsea district should be sent back to Italy to face criminal charges, a U.K. judge ruled.

Gianluigi Torzi, 42, is wanted by Italian authorities on fraud and money-laundering charges. Torzi allegedly conspired to defraud the Vatican’s diplomatic and political arm in connection with the purchase of the London property in 2018.