Ms Minardi alleged that Miss Orlandi had been seized and killed on the orders of Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the then head of the Vatican bank. Marcinkus, (foreground), was the head of the Vatican Bank from 1971 to 1989.
The Vatican has been accused of ordering the assassination of a teenage girl who went missing 25 years ago.
The investigation into her disappearance was reopened this week following new evidence from the former girlfriend of Enrico De Pedis, a Roman mobster.
Sabrina Minardi, a recovering drug addict, alleged in a statement to Italian police that De Pedis had kidnapped Miss Orlandi, put her in a sack and threw her into a cement mixer in Torvaianica, an area of sand dunes on the coast near Rome.
Ms Minardi also alleged that Miss Orlandi had been seized and killed on the orders of Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the then head of the Vatican bank. Monsignor Marcinkus died in 2006 in Sun City, Arizona, after being disgraced during his spell in Rome.
The archbishop was investigated by the Organised Crime office of the US Justice Department after they found a request for $950 million of counterfeit bonds made on Vatican notepaper.
In 1982, Mgr Marcinkus was implicated in the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano and the murder of Roberto Calvi, the head of the bank whose body was found swinging from Blackfriars Bridge in London.
The archbishop is alleged to have had ties with Michele Sindona, a mafioso, and was forced to stand aside as head of the Vatican Bank in 1989.
Miss Orlandi was killed on Mgr Marcinkus’ orders “to send a message to someone”, said Ms Minardi, without revealing more. She claimed De Pedis had taken her to lunch in Torvaianica and told her he had two sacks in his car.
“He said he had the body of Emanuela Orlandi with him,” Ms Minardi claimed in her police statement.
De Pedis and his driver “went to a building site. I stayed in the car. They threw it all into a cement mixer. That’s how they got rid of all the proof”.
She added: “This was not a kidnapping for money, it was a symbolic kidnapping. They seized Emanuela to give someone a message.”
She also said she sometimes took girls to meet Mgr Marcinkus in an apartment in Via Porta Angelica.
“That happened four or five times. He was dressed like a normal person,” she said, adding that she took bags of money to the prelate as well in order to have the money laundered.
Miss Orlandi’s family said they wanted further proof before believing “any witness”.
The investigators also added that there were “some issues of incongruence, especially involving time periods,” with Ms Minardi’s statement but that “are also some details that are so precise and detailed that they deserve further investigation”.
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Vatican Politics, the Calvi Murder and Beyond.
St. Peter’s Squared
Roberto Calvi and the P2 Masonic Lodge Conspiracy