Thursday, June 07, 2007

The murder of Roberto Calvi

I wrote previously about Roberto Calvi, an Italian banker known for his involvement in the financial scandal and collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano, for his enlisting in the secret and illegal Masonic lodge known as Propaganda-2 (P2), and for his mysterious 1982 suicide.

On June 6, an Italian court acquitted five defendants who had been tried for Calvi's murder: Mr. Pippo Calò (often referred to as Mafia's 'cashier'), Mr. Flavio Carboni (a businessman), Ms. Manuela Kleinszig (Carboni's fiancee), Mr. Ernesto Diotallevi (Caliv's driver and then a member of the Banda della Magliana, a criminal organization based in Rome), and Mr. Francesco Di Carlo (also affiliated with the Mafia).

As report by Townhall.com:

Prosecutors believe Calvi was laundering money for the Mafia. They alleged Calo ordered the murder because mob bosses thought the banker had appropriated some of the money and were afraid he would talk in the wake of a scandal that overwhelmed his bank.