In the Italian town of Turin on Saturday (11 March) the trial of 15 members of an urban guerrilla group continued despite the killing in the city the previous day of a leading anti-terrorist policeman.
CU: Automatic weapon PULL BACK TO MV police and armed troops.
MV: Adelaide Aglietta, one of threatened jurors, walking past police cordon.
SV: Red Brigade defendants entering courtroom cage . (2 SHOTS)
MV: Red Brigade members with backs to newsmen.
MV: photographers with Red Brigade members talking through bars of cage. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Newsmen in courtroom.
BV: Police guarding cage.
GV: Court rises PAN TO members of Red Brigade shouting from cage.
MV: Wreath PAN TO mourners paying respects to policeman in coffin. (2 SHOTS)
MV: Italian flag at half mast PAN DOWN TO crowd and police (2 SHOTS)
CU: Crowd look on as coffin and wreath proceeds along road. (3 SHOTS)
MV: Family mourners following cortege and crowd. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: In the Italian town of Turin on Saturday (11 March) the trial of 15 members of an urban guerrilla group continued despite the killing in the city the previous day of a leading anti-terrorist policeman. The trial of the group, a Marxist-Leninist organisation known as the Red Brigade, has been postponed twice after other guerrilla killings. They face charges of forming an armed band of subvert the social and political order of the country.
SYNOPSIS: Heavily armed police guarded the court building in Turin. One of the jurors, Adelaide Aglietta had a special police escort, following threats on her life.
The 15 defendants, all said to be founders of the group, were chained to each other as they were led into court, and placed inside a metal cage.
The defendants are being kept in solitary confinement in prison. The courtroom gave them the chance to talk together.
The trial judge, Signor Guido Barbaro, adjourned Saturday's hearing after an hour when five lawyers refused to defend the guerrillas. The defendants are refusing to be represented and the lawyers had been appointed for them.
Later the same day the funeral of the murdered policeman, Marshal Rosario Berardi took place in Turin. He was shot dead on Friday (10 March) by four people as he was waiting for a tram.
Marchal Berardi was well known for his work in Turin's anti-terrorist squad. Soon after the shooting an anonymous caller claimed the Red Brigade were responsible for the assassination.
But the defendants have neither claimed or denied responsibility. They were told of the killing as they entered court and issued a statement later. At the Marshals funeral there was a wreath from the Italian President, Signor Giovanni Leone.
Observers see the trial of the guerrillas a crucial test of the strength of the Italian judiciary, in the face??? of violent intimidation from extreme political factions.