A jury in Rome has acquitted all five defendants charged with the 1982 murder of Italian financier Roberto Calvi, known as “Gods Banker” because of his links to the Vatican.
Calvi´s body was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London with his pockets stuffed with rocks and cash.
The death of the former head of the collapsed bank Ambrosiano was ruled a suicide by British police, but Calvi´s family pressed for further investigation and eventually Italian prosecutors brought murder charges.
None of the five defendants were in court to hear the verdicts.
Defence lawyers cited the initial assessment of the British forensic team as correct, that the banker killed himself. A consultant for the prosecution even claimed there was little evidence to suggest foul play.