A strike by Rome Lawyers against conditions in temporary courtrooms has led to the postponement of the trial of hi-jacker Raffaele Minichiello, which was due to begin today (Tuesday 26 May).
SV PAN Minichiello entering court & takes seat (2 shots)
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SV Judges PAN TO Minichiello
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SV Minichiello's lawyer speaking to accused
SV Judges continues speech
SV Minichiello with police
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Background: A strike by Rome Lawyers against conditions in temporary courtrooms has led to the postponement of the trial of hi-jacker Raffaele Minichiello, which was due to begin today (Tuesday 26 May).
Minichiello, an American ex-Marine who faces charges arising from his takeover of a Boeing airliner from California to Rome last year....in one of the longest and most spectacular hi-jackings in aviation history...made a brief court appearance on Tuesday (26 May) before the trial was postponed until 25th June. His defence counsel told the judge they were taking part in a strike by Rome's 6,000 lawyers who are protesting against the chaotic situation caused by the scattering of temporary courtrooms throughout the capital since the crumbling Palace of Justice was declared unsafe.
After forcing the crew of a Trans World Boeing 707 to fly...at gun-point...the 7,000 miles from a Los Angeles airport to Rome, Minichiello who was then only 19, held the airports Police Chief hostage before fleeing into the country. He was caught four hours later.
American authorities last November failed to get Minichiello returned to the United States where he could have faced a charge of "air piracy" which carries the death penalty.
In Rome, he faces charged ranging from kidnapping and violence to importing illegal war weapons into Italy. These could carry a total penalty of more than 30 years imprisonment.