A member of the Italian urban guerrilla group the Red brigades is to be extradited from Greece to Italy following a hearing in the High Court in Athens on Saturday (31 May).
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SCU: Red Brigades member Rossana Matiussi speaking in Italian
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Background: A member of the Italian urban guerrilla group the Red brigades is to be extradited from Greece to Italy following a hearing in the High Court in Athens on Saturday (31 May).
SYNOPSIS: Italian authorities told the High Court in Athens that Rossana Matiussi, a 26-year-old physical education teacher from Florence had taken part in terrorist activities in Italy.
Rossana Matiussi told reporters she had nothing to say. The authorities said she was a member of the Red Brigades responsible for many assassinations in Italy. Signorina Matiussi, who is known as the Red Countess, fled to Greece with her boyfriend where she sought political asylum. But the Greek court turned down her petition.
The court order came two days after Red Brigades terrorists shot dead a journalist in Milan - the latest in a growing number of political killings in Italy.