Italy's ruling Christian Democrats have changed tactics in their war of nerves with the urban guerrilla kidnappers of former Premier Aldo Moro, making veiled appeals to them to reprieve their hostage.
MV INT Party member enters PAN TO Italian Communist Party emblem on wall
MV Berlinguer, Communist party secretary enters
MV INT Berlinguer seated listening PAN TO Bufalini addressing meeting
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GV EXT Christian Democrat party headquarters with troops on guard outside
MV EXT Captured Red Brigades' leaders taken in cage into Turin court
MV INT Prisoners led into cage in courtroom and released from manacles (2 shots)
MV PAN Judges
MV Newsmen in court (3 shots)
MV Prisoners in cage PAN TO GV courtroom
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Background: Italy's ruling Christian Democrats have changed tactics in their war of nerves with the urban guerrilla kidnappers of former Premier Aldo Moro, making veiled appeals to them to reprieve their hostage. The party, reacting to the Red Brigdes guerrilla gang's announcement that it had sentenced the 61-year-old politician to death, have said it hoped the kidnappers might yet spare Mr. Moro out of respect for human life.
SYNOPSIS: As the search for Ado Moro and his kidnappers continued, even Italy's Communist party has come out firmly behind the government's hardline policy on negotiations with the Red Brigades. In Rome, the party's central committee meeting opened with an appeal for unity .... and a member of the Secretariat urged all democratic forces to join forces to combat terrorism and violence. In a policy report to the Central Committee, Paolo Bufalini said the Moro kidnapping was an arrogant challenge and an extreme provocation of the democratic regime. The Republic, he said, must not capitulate, and he called on all Italians to help isolate political extremism.
From the Christian Democrat party headquarters a statement has been released which said it was imperative to find a way immediately of bringing Aldo Moro back to his loved ones.
In Turin, as the trial of 15 Red Brigades members moved into its fourth weeks, the founder of the urban guerrilla movement was thrown out of the courtroom after trying to read a statement from the dock. But before he was escorted back to his cell, Renato Curcio shouted out "The sentence proclaimed on Mr. Moro is valid for all of your class and also for yourself". Over the weekend a Red Brigades communique stated that Moro had been sentenced to death for so-called crimes against the Proletariat. Italian police have extended their search for Moro to the island of Elba following an anonymous phone call, but so far without result.