Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Son of Sindona's slain liquidator shuns Andreotti ceremony

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Milan, May 7 - The son of a financial liquidator
killed on the orders of a late Mafia-linked banker with ties to
Giulio Andreotti on Tuesday walked out of a Milan commemoration
of the seven-time premier who died Monday aged 94.
Centre-left Lombardy co-ordinator Umberto Ambrosoli is the
son of Giorgio Ambrosoli, a Milanese lawyer slain by the Mafia
in 1979 at the age of 45 after he found evidence of malpractice
while liquidating one of the Italian banks of Michele Sindona -
a Cosa Nostra-linked Sicilian financier once hailed by Andreotti
as "the saviour of the lira".
Umberto Ambrosoli walked out of a regional assembly
commemoration of former Christian Democrat statesman Andreotti,
saying: "I have a personal history which mingles with the dark
sides of Andreotti's.
"It is right for institutions to commemorate men of
institutions, but those belonging to them should examine their
consciences".
Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni of the right-wing Northern
League called Ambrosoli's act "inelegant".
Giorgio Ambrosoli was named by a court as liquidator of
Banca Privata Italiana, one of the biggest private Italian banks
controlled by Sindona.
After finding evidence of criminal malpractice he provided
the US Justice Department with evidence to convict Sindona for
his role in the collapse of the Franklin National Bank.
According to Ambrosoli, Sindona paid an illicit $5.6
million commission to Vatican Bank chief Cardinal Paul
Marcinkus, who later left his post under a cloud, and Roberto
'God's Banker' Calvi, the former head of Italy's biggest private
bank, who was found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London
in 1982, slain by Cosa Nostra, Italian prosecutors said, because
he failed to pay them back huge sums of money.
On July 11, 1979, a few hours after talking to US
authorities, Ambrosoli was shot dead by three Mob hitmen
commissioned by Sindona.
Sindona was afraid Ambrosoli would expose his shady
dealings in the Banca Privata Italiana case, Italian courts
found.
Shortly before Ambrosoli was killed, the American Mafia
hitman William Arico, a convicted bank robber, made an
apparently intimidating reference to Andreotti in a threatening
phone call taped by the liquidator.
Arico fell to his death while trying to escape from a
federal prison in New York in 1984.
In 1986 Sindona was sentenced to life imprisonment for
having ordered the murder. A poisoned cup of coffee killed him
shortly after his sentence began, amid speculation he was going
to 'name names'.
According to Mafia informant Francesco Marino Mannoia,
Sindona laundered the proceeds of heroin trafficking for the
Bontade-Spatola-Inzerillo-Gambino network.
The mafiosi were determined to get their money back and
would have played an important role in Sindona's attempt to save
his banks.
Ambrosoli was killed shortly after he had a talk with
Palermo Police chief Boris Giuliano, who discovered cheques and
other documents which indicated that Sindona had been recycling
the proceeds from heroin sales by the Mafia through the Vatican
Bank to his Amincor Bank in Switzerland.
Only 10 days after the killing of Ambrosoli, Giuliano was
shot and killed by the Mafia on July 21, 1979.
Ambrosoli was posthumously awarded a medal for civic
heroism and a film about him was made in 1995, entitled A
Middle-Class Hero, directed by Michele Placido.
Andreotti, Italy's most influential postwar politician, was
convicted and later cleared of Mafia links 10 years ago but
judges said he had ties to the Mob until 1980 which could not be
punished because they dated too far back.
He was also convicted, and later cleared, of ordering the
murder of a muckraking journalist.

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