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Political Assassinations
in Italy 1978-1986:

 

        The following is a list of murders and other serious crimes in the political world that were recognized for what they were and were investigated and prosecuted by the media and by civil society, in contrast to similar crimes that were occuring at the same period in and around the Vatican in the same period, which are layed out in my webpage about/murder-in-the-Vatican.
  1. May 17, 1978 :Aldo Moro, who was the political leader of the Christian Democratic Party during the reign of Paul VI and one time Prime Minister of Italy, and whose liberal ideas dominated much of the thinking of the Italian population, which at the time was almost entirely Roman Catholic, was assassinated that year gangland style. A bitter enemy of right wing extremists in the Vatican, he was the lifelong acquaintance and one of Paul VI's closest of friends and allies.
  2. July 10, 1978: An incorruptible magistrate, Vittorio Occorsio, who was investigating the connection between a neo-Fascist movement known as the National Vanguard and the illegal P2, was murdered with a burst of machine gun fire.
  3. July 11, 1979: Fearless and honorable Giorgio Ambrosoli, was appointed liquidator of (Racketeer) Sindona's Banca Privata Italiana by the Treasury Ministry and the Governor of the Bank of Italy. In 1978 he uncovered irrefutable evidence of Sindona's illegal kick-back payment to Calvi of 6.5 million dollars shared fifty-fifty with Bishop Marcinkus and of the Vatican Bank's complicity in many of Sindona's criminal conspiracies. . . Ambrosoli went ahead with his evidence in court and sacrificed his life for truth and justice. A few hours after giving evidence against Sindona in court and a day before he was due to sign the record of his testimony, he was shot dead by a professional killer with four bullets from a P-38. Sindona was later charged with his murder.
  4. July 21, 1979: Boris Giuliano, head of CID of Palermo who discovered cheques and other documents which indicated that Sindona through the Vatican Bank had been recycling the proceeds from heroin sales to his Amincor Bank in Switzerland was shot dead with six bullets. His position in the Palermo police force was taken over by a member of (the ultra-RightWing) P2, Giuseppe Impallomeni.
  5. In early January 1979, Judge Emilio Alessandrini, well known as the judge that could not be bought, ordered Lt. Colonel Cresta, the commander of the Milan tax police to send his men into Banco Ambrosiano to check point by point the many criminal irregularities in the 500 page summary report prepared for him by the Bank of Italy. On 21st January, L'Espresso reported on the market rumors going around the city that Calvi and the entire board of directors were about to be arrested. On 29th January, the fearless and incorruptible judge was shot dead by five gunmen.
  6. March 20, 1979: Murder of Mino Pecorelli, an investigative journalist in the process of publishing articles exposing the membership and dealings of "P2" – a powerful group of Freemasons whose membership was involved in Vatican financial dealings, and whose founder, Lucio Gelli, was deeply connected with Roberto Calvi.
  7. July 11, 1979: Murder of Giorgio Ambrosioli following his testimony concerning Michele Sindona's financial dealings with Calvi and other Vatican interests, the activities of P2 and its members among powerful government and business circles, and the connections between Calvi, Sindona, and Bishop Paul Marcinkus of the Vatican Bank.
  8. July 13, 1979: Murder of Lt. Col. Antonio Varisco, head of the Rome security service, who was investigating the activities and membership of P2 and had spoken with Giorgio Ambrosioli two days before Ambrosioli's death.
  9. July 21, 1979: Murder of Boris Guilano, the Palermo police deputy superintendent and head of Palermo CID. Guilano had spoken with Giorgio Ambrosioli two days before Ambrosioli's death concerning Sindona's laundering of Mafia money through the Vatican Bank into Switzerland.
  10. February 2, 1980: The Vatican withdraws at the last moment its agreement that Cardinals Guiseppe Caprio and Sergio Guerri and Bishop Paul Marcinkus will provide videotaped depositions on behalf of Michele Sindona in his trial in the US on charges of fraud, conspiracy and misappropriation of funds in connection with the collapse of Franklin National Bank.
    May 13, 1980: Michele Sindona attempts suicide in jail.
    June 13, 1980: Michele Sindona sentenced to 25 years.
    July 8, 1980: Roberto Calvi attempts suicide while in jail on charges of fraud, etc. Later released on bail and reconfirmed as chairman of Banco Ambrosiano.
    September 1, 1981: The Vatican Bank, apparently at the request of Roberto Calvi, issues "letters of comfort" acknowledging its controlling interest in, and assuming responsibility for, a more than 1 billion dollar debt of a number of banks controlled by Calvi.
    January 12, 1981: A group of shareholders in Banco Ambrosiano send a letter to John Paul II outlining the connections between the Vatican Bank, Roberto Calvi and the P2 and the Mafia. The letter is never acknowledged.
  11. April 27, 1982: Attempted murder of Roberto Rosone, general manager and deputy chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, who was trying to "clean up" the bank's operation. He had earlier pleaded with the Bank of Italy to approve the removal of Calvi.
  12. September 1, 1981: The Vatican Bank acknowledges its controlling interests in a number of banks controlled by Calvi for more than one billion dollars of debt.
  13. Roberto Calvi was the President of the Banco Ambrosiano and the mastermind what came to be known as "The Great Vatican Bank Scandal". On June 17, 1982, a week after he had made a statement to the press that inferred that he was being blackmailed by someone high up in the Vatican, his body was found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London, with bricks in his coat pockets.
        Calvi's widow, blamed the Vatican for her husband's death. She was recorded as saying, "The Vatican had my husband killed to hide the bankruptcy of the Vatican Bank".
  14. On the same day Roberto Calvi was found swinging from Blackfriars Bridge in London, June 17, his secretary and closest confidant, Teresa (Graziella) Corrocher, was found splattered across the sidewalk which fronted the Milan office building in which she worked. There was an unsigned suicide note, that anybody could have typed, in her typewriter.
       A few days later, a 1.3 billion dollar "hole" was discovered at their bank.
  15. October 2, 1982:Giuseppe Dellacha, Calvi's assistant who was in charge of the Vatican Bank account, the man most likely to have carried out the technicalities of the deposits to the Vatican Bank. A few months later, his body was found at the same spot as Ms. Corrocher's, this time without a suicide note.
  16. March 23, 1986: Michele Sindona found dead of poisoning in the Italian jail to which he had been extradited on charges of ordering the murder of Giorgio Ambrosioli (1979) and possibly Pope John Paul I (1978)."
[ mostly from http://taoshengphilosopherscafe.blogspot.com/2006/06/roberto-calvi-suicide-or-murder-p2-was.html ]

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