In Turin, the 36-year-old founder of Italy's Red Brigades guerrilla group Renato Curcio, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail, and other members have received shorter prison sentences.
GV PAN President of the court Judge Guido Barbaro arrives and makes speech to waiting newsmen (2 shots)
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Following the sentencing the Red Brigades issued a defiant call to Italians urging them to join their self-proclaimed "civil War". A communique issued by the Brigades warned that their bloody war against the state would go on relentlessly and urged working class Italians to "annihilate anti-guerrilla forces."
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Background: In Turin, the 36-year-old founder of Italy's Red Brigades guerrilla group Renato Curcio, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail, and other members have received shorter prison sentences. The verdict and sentences came on Friday (23 June), at the end of a three-and-a-half month trial which many saw as a test of the entire Italian legal system. The trial took place after delays in the shadow of the kidnapping and murder of the former Italian Prime Minister, Aldo Moro by other members of the Red Brigades trying to secure the release of these of those in custody.
SYNOPSIS: When Judge Guido Barbaro entered the courtroom on Friday (23 June) to announce the verdict there was complete silence. The court had convicted Red Brigades leader, Renato Curcio and 28 other members of the guerrilla group to jail terms totalling almost 200 years. Altogether 46 people had been on trial, 31 in their absence. The Turin court handed down the sentence after 100 hours of deliberation. Curcio was found guilty of forming an armed band, subversion and kidnappings. His chief lieutenant, Pietro Bassi, also received 15 years and other members of the gang were given lesser sentences. Throughout the trial the defendants heard the case against them from a special cage built in the courtroom, but none of them were in court to hear the sentence.
It was the fourth sentence passed on Curcio in the past year and he now faces 31 years in jail. Last month, Curcio and several other defendants were given 18 months jail for contempt of court when they acclaimed Moro's murder as an act of "revolutionary justice".