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5 On Trial In Italy For Calvi Murder


The trial has begun in Italy for five people accused of the 1982 murder of former financier Roberto Calvi, known as "God's Banker" because of his links to the Vatican.

Mr. Calvi headed the Banco Ambrosiano, whose major stockholder was the Vatican's bank, the Institute for Religious Works. After Ambrosiano failed, leaving the Vatican with heavy losses, Mr. Calvi was found hanged under a bridge in London, with bricks and stones stuffed down his pants.

A London coroner initially ruled that he had committed suicide after fleeing to London to avoid prison for fraud. But prosecutors reopened the case in 2002, ruling out suicide.

They say one of the defendants, convicted Mafia member Giuseppe "Pippo" Calo, ordered Mr. Calvi's killing to silence him about the Mafia's dealings with the bank.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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