Sunday, October 09, 2005

Calvi trial

Philip Willan, in The Sunday Herald 9 October 2005, reminds us that the Calvi trial is opening in Rome, although nothing much will happen for a few weeks.

Five people are on trial for Calvi's murder.

The main question is - who were the puppet masters?

Prosecutors allege that Calvi was killed by members of the Mafia and the Neapolitan Camorra because he had lost and embezzled their money.

The murder may be linked to the secrets that Calvi was threatening to reveal as he tried 'to plug an £800 million hole in the books of his Banco Ambrosiano'.

Calvi’s had links to Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the American head of the Vatican bank.

The Banco Ambrosiano had been secretly and illegally funding political parties and its chairman was a member of the P2 Masonic lodge, 'a shadowy right-wing group accused of plotting subversion.'

“Among the reasons for which we believe Calvi was killed was the fear that he might start telling all he knew,” said Luca Tescaroli, the lead prosecutor in the case. “He was in a position to blackmail the Vatican bank, the leaders of the P2 lodge and his associates in government institutions. There are certainly scabrous epi sodes involved, which we will attempt to explore during the course of the trial.”

Chief among the defendants is Carboni, a Sardinian businessman and former real estate partner of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who helped to organise Calvi’s final journey and accompanied him to London.


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