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'God's Banker' Roberto Calvi

Rome, 15 July (AKI) – ‘God’s Banker’ Roberto Calvi was murdered in London almost 30 years ago, the judges of an Italian appeals court said on Thursday.

“Roberto Calvi did not commit suicide, he was killed,” the appeals judges stated. They were giving their reasons for a verdict issued on 7 May that acquitted mafia boss Pippo Calo, Sardinian businessman Flavio Carboni and Rome crime boss Ernesto Diotallevi of murdering Calvi.

The written sentence gave the same grounds for the verdict as in the original trial in 2007 – insufficient evidence.

Calvi was found dangling from a noose beneath Blackfriar’s Bridge in the City of London on 18 June, 1982, his pockets weighed down with bricks and stones, and with over 15,000 dollars in cash on him.

A member of the Italian secret P2 masonic lodge, Calvi was known as “God’s banker” because of the illicit financial dealings that connected him to the Vatican bank, the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR).

Two other defendants in the original trial, Carboni’s ex girlfriend Manuela Kleinszig and smuggler Silvano Vittor, were not on trial since their acquittals were confirmed by another court.