Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

OFFICERS INVESTIGATE BLACKFRIARS 'SUICIDE' 21 YEARS ON New Police Probe into Death of 'God's Banker'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

OFFICERS INVESTIGATE BLACKFRIARS 'SUICIDE' 21 YEARS ON New Police Probe into Death of 'God's Banker'

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Byline: COLIN ADAMSON

CITY of London Police today revealed they have reopened their investigation into the death of Italian banker Roberto Calvi more than 20 years ago.

Nicknamed God's Banker because of his strong business links to the Vatican, Calvi's body was found hanging from scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge.

He had bricks in his pockets and $15,000 in his wallet.

Calvi, 62, was chairman of private Milan bank, Banco Ambrosiano, which collapsed in the late Seventies with spectacular losses. He was a central figure in a complex web of international fraud and intrigue.

After going missing for nine days during a visit to London, his body was found by a passerby on 19 June, 1982.

At first it was thought he committed suicide but Italian police now believe he was murdered by the Mafia as punishment for pocketing money they had asked him to launder. Four people were charged in Italy earlier this summer and it is thought the aim of the new investigation in London is to help the Italian prosecutor. …

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