Did Cardinal Bergoglio – now the Pope – send a biased report to the judges? If he did not, could he have remained unaware of the fact that the document that he had commissioned had the objective of influencing judges?

By Mathieu Martiniere, Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Périsse

This article was published in cooperation with European Press Prize.

Carlos Mahiques, who dealt with the Grassi case, was one of the judges who was sent a copy of the document. He spoke for the first time on camera about this to Cash Investigation. “This is a legal analysis that is biased in certain cases, very biased in others. It’s clearly in favour of Father Grassi,” said this respected judge, who now sits on his country’s Court of Appeal having briefly served as justice minister for Buenos Aires province in 2016. He says that he only read the document “after having given my verdict” to ensure he was not influenced in his judgement. But the intent was there. “What they wanted to do was exercise subtle pressure over the judges,” says the judge.