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The book again reveals the mystery of the Vatican about the crime in the Swiss Guard

Cristina Cabrejas |

Rome (EFE) The Pope stated that he was a soldier “in a fit of madness”.

A book written by Tornei family lawyer Laura Sgro refutes this hasty verdict and rediscovers one of the Vatican’s greatest mysteries.

Sgro, who is also the lawyer for the family of Emanuela Orlandi, a young Vatican citizen who disappeared in 1983, has just published Sangue in Vaticano (ed. Rizzoli), in which she says she was contacted by Muguette Boda, Cédric’s mother, in 2019. in the 100th attempt to get answers and his investigation has since raised a lot of questions and irregularities about how the investigations were conducted.

The role of Navarro Waltz

Away from the various hypotheses that have been published over the years, such as possible homosexual relationships or love triangles, Sgro explains in an interview with EFE: “It appears from my investigation that they were based on statements that the then representative of Pope John Pablo II, the Spaniard Joaquín Navarro Waltz did it the same night, a few hours after the tragedy. The Vatican press office presented Cedric to the world as a suicide killer without even performing an autopsy.

The lawyer, also the protagonist of the defense of Francesca Chauka in the Vatican trial in the case known as Vatileaks2, assures that “they were not interested in the life of Cedric and did not investigate the life of Estermann and his wife. It is not even known what the couple did on the last day of their lives.

Photo of lawyer Laura Sgro (provided by herself).  Sgrò just published a book "Blood in the Vatican" (Rizzoli editorial), in which he analyzes the 1998 assassination of the new commander of the Swiss Guard, Alois Estermann, his wife, the Venezuelan Gladys Mesa Romero, and Corporal Cedric Tornay.Photo of lawyer Laura Sgro (provided by herself).  Sgrò just published a book "Blood in the Vatican" (Rizzoli editorial), in which he analyzes the 1998 assassination of the new commander of the Swiss Guard, Alois Estermann, his wife, the Venezuelan Gladys Mesa Romero, and Corporal Cedric Tornay.
Photo of lawyer Laura Sgro (provided by herself). EFE/Laura Sgro

Thorney’s mother was immediately convinced that the story was different and repeatedly called for a reopening of the investigation, which the Vatican Court of Appeal had always rejected.

December 13, 2019 Sgrò requested access to the full file Court Vatican, pointing out the numerous “gaps” in the reconstruction of the facts and the possibility of presenting “new evidence”.

two years of silence

After more than two years of silence, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin personally intervened and asked the court to pay “special attention” to the request for access to the case. Since that day, March 30, 2021, there has been only silence from the Vatican Justice.

“The crime scene was contaminated, there were more than twenty people at the scene without overalls, gloves and shoes. The autopsy was carried out with unjustified urgency, only in the presence of Vatican experts; a calligraphic examination of Cedric’s supposed letter, suggesting that the imprudent gesture was on a photocopy and not on the original; a letter that, moreover, went through a significant number of hands before being delivered to Muguette Boda, Cedric’s mother,” says Sgro.

“Not to mention the complete lack of research on the life of the Estermanns. Neither his family nor his friends were heard. In fact, according to the researchers, it looks like they weren’t related to anyone at all. I wonder: is it possible that the commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard and his wife, who worked in the Venezuelan embassy, ​​did not have a social or working relationship with anyone? ”He adds.

confidential matter

The lawyer says that “this terrible case” was the only one among the major cases in which the Vatican was involved, such as the disappearance of Orlandi or the attack on John Paul II, which he wanted to deal with alone, without delegating authority to the Italian authorities. .

“This time, despite the presence of the three dead and the obvious inexperience of the Vatican investigators – after all, nothing like this had ever happened in the lion’s walls – it was decided to close the doors and confidentially deal with the case from the inside. Why? What information should not leave the state?” the lawyer asks.

Sgro talks in his book about doubts in the soldier’s handwritten letter, both because of the handwriting and tone that his mother does not recognize, and about the loss of photos from the crime scene and the autopsy carried out in the Vatican without the necessary measures. for this type of examination.

“I sent a copy of my book with a personal note to both the Holy Father and the Secretary of State. I sincerely look forward to hearing,” he says.

For Sgro, his work has only one purpose: “Cedric Thorne’s family wants to know the truth. They want to know what really happened that damn night. And in this search for truth, they asked me for help.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org