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Prosecutors ask for Calvi case to be closed - update

Prosecutors ask for Calvi case to be closed - update

Gelli, Carboni, Pazienza probed

Rome, 07 July 2015, 19:40

ANSA Editorial




The Rome prosecutor's office on Tuesday asked for a probe into the 1982 death of God's Banker Roberto Calvi to be shelved.
    Calvi, found hanging under London's Blackfriar's Bridge, had been chairman and managing director of the Banco Ambrosiano, at the time Italy's biggest private bank.
    Under investigation in the case are the former head of the subversive para-Masonic lodge P2, Licio Gelli, businessman Flavio Carboni, former spy Francesco Pazienza and his secretary Maurizio Mazzotta.
    Carboni was one of three people already acquitted of Calvi's murder in 2007.
    A Rome prosecutor, Luca Tescaraoli, appealed those acquittals in December 2010 but was turned down by the high Court of Cassation.
    Calvi's death was originally ruled a suicide but Italian prosecutors later accused jailed Mafia boss Pippo Calo', Sardinian wheeler-dealer Carboni and Rome crime boss Ernesto Diotallevi of premeditated murder.
    In June 2007 a lower court acquitted the three on the grounds of insufficient evidence and in May 2010 a Rome appeals court upheld the ruling on the same grounds.
    In announcing his decision to appeal the sentences late that year, Tescaroli also asked that the case be sent to another appeals court for a new trial.
    In his 130-page argument for a new appeal, the prosecutor listed 19 reasons why the three should not have been acquitted, including that Carboni had given "contradictory, false, misleading and unlikely" testimony in the course of the investigation and trials.
    Tescaroli also underscored how Calvi's death had ensured Carboni impunity for the crimes related to the bankruptcy of Banca Ambrosiano and charges of "money laundering for which he has since been found guilty".
    Prosecutors said they believed Calvi was killed in revenge for not paying back laundered money to the Mafia.
    During the 2010 appeals trial, Tescaroli said Carboni, Calo' and Diotallevi were helped by the Mafia in staging the murder and making it look like a suicide.
    Tescaroli said Calvi was murdered not only for his mismanagement of the Mafia's money but also because of the possibility that he would reveal how it was allegedly laundered by the Ambrosiano.
    He added that there was also a risk that Calvi could give details of his extensive network of contacts with masonic lodges - especially the P2 - Vatican bank Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR), political and institutional figures, and public-sector agencies.
    The investigation into the death of Calvi, who earned the nickname 'God's Banker' by working closely with IOR, was re-opened 13 years ago.
    Calvi was found hanging under the well-known London landmark in June 17, 1982, pockets bulging with banknotes and bricks. The suicide verdict came a few months after his death.
    A second autopsy indicated that someone put the bricks in Calvi's pockets before stringing him up.
    According to theories aired over the years by informants, Calvi worked hand-in-hand with Mafia-linked banker Michele Sindona - killed in jail by a poisoned cup of coffee in 1986 - to set up a complicated web of banking and insurance interests.
    Many paths were smoothed, the informants said, by his membership of the lodge led by Gelli who, now 95, is under house arrest after receiving a 12-year sentence for the Ambrosiano collapse.
    Carboni leapt back into this spotlight in July 2010 when he was arrested in connection with a probe into the alleged rigging of public works tenders in Sardinia.


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