INTRODUCTION: It is exactly three years since Aldo Moro, former Prime Minister of Italy, was kidnapped in a Rome street.
SV Crowd outside Church of Gesu, Rome, including Giulio Andreotti.
SV Flaminio Piccoli and Andreotti walking away from church
SV Wreath, crowd walk past.
CU Photograph of Moro, ZOOM OUT TO flowers in vases at site of kidnapping, PAN TO people bringing wreath.
GV Crowd in front of wreath, ZOOM IN TO photograph.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: It is exactly three years since Aldo Moro, former Prime Minister of Italy, was kidnapped in a Rome street. Nearly two months later, his body was found in a parked car in the city centre. On Monday (16 March) Italy's Christian Democrat leaders were among those who paid tribute to his memory.
SYNOPSIS: Among those who attended a memorial service at the Church of Gesu in Rome was Signor Giulio Andreotti, who succeeded Signor Moro as Prime Minister in 1976, and was in office at the time of Moro's murder. With him was the Secretary of the Christian Democrat Party, Flaminio Piccoli. Signor Moro became Chairman of the Party after giving up the Premiership.
Flowers mark the spot where Signor Moro was kidnapped - at nine in the morning, on his way home from church. His driver and four of his bodyguards died.
The Italian people have never forgotten the long agony of Signor Moro - held captive by the Red Brigade for 54 days and told by his captors -- according to his farewell letter to his wife - that he would die unless their demands were met. Letters appeared in the press in which he appealed to the government to exchange him for the prisoners the Red Brigade were demanding; and a final one saying the party and state had failed him, and asking that no official representatives should attend his funeral.
Since he died, the Italian police have made many arrests in connection with the case, but have never been able to bring it to a conclusion.