Arrest of British woman linked to the death of 'God's banker'
Mon 16 Jan 2006
A BRITISH woman has been arrested in connection with the death of "God's banker" Roberto Calvi.
Odette Morris, 45, was held at her west London home on Friday after a request by Italian police.
She is said to have provided an alibi for businessman Flavio Carboni - one of four people currently on trial in Rome accused of Calvi's murder.
The two flew to Edinburgh the day after Calvi's death and Carboni was described as "in an agitated state".
Officials in Rome said Morris was being held in connection with perjury and perverting the course of justice in the Calvi case.
Calvi was found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1982, his pockets stuffed with bricks and bank notes.
He was dubbed "God's banker" because of his ties with the Vatican Bank, and at the time of his death was said to be on the run from the Mafia.
Calvi was the director of the Banco Ambrosiano which collapsed with spectacular debts just before he died.
Investigators have long suspected he was killed by the Mafia after a bungled money laundering operation, and his body left under the bridge to make it look like suicide.
Morris knew Carboni through the aunt of his mistress who had married her father, William.
Police arrested Morris 18 months ago and she was questioned and released on bail but has now been held again.
Italian prosecutors want to know more from her about an alleged alibi she provided for Carboni.