INTRODUCTION: The Italian Government has taken a tough stance with the Red Brigades guerrilla group who have kidnapped a leading Rome Judge Giovanni D'Urso.
GV's of magazine being sold. L'Espresso showing headlines of kidnapping of Giovanni D'Urso with Red Brigade's aims published (2 shots).
GV exterior of newspaper building
Inside SV and PAN around journalists
CU of Red Brigades' communique
GV police cars searching for D'Urso
GV of police road block. Police checking cars and driver's documents (2 shots)
SV and CU of armed police outside D'Urso house (2 shots)
SV and PAN police activity in village of Trevigniano near Lake Bracciano, where Mr. D'Urso could be held.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Italian Government has taken a tough stance with the Red Brigades guerrilla group who have kidnapped a leading Rome Judge Giovanni D'Urso. On Monday (5 JANUARY), they rejected demands by the brigades for a nationwide airing of the views of their jailed comrades. The guerrilla group have pledged to kill the judge, who was kidnapped on 12 December, unless their demands are met.
SYNOPSIS: The Government has also taken a tough line with the press. Two journalists from Italy's leading news magazine, L'Espresso, have been arrested in connection with an interview with the guerrillas. The journalists obtained the interview through a go-between. It was the first to be published since the guerrilla group started a violent campaign to overthrow the Italian state seven years ago. The interview was coupled with an alleged transcript of a court-style interrogation of the Judge. It also had a photograph of him in what was called his proletarian prison.
The Brigades' latest communique said the self-styled committees for struggle in two prisons should be given time on state television and radio to decide whether Mr. D'Urso should live or die. The Government refused.
Meanwhile, police have launched a massive search. Thousands carried our house-to--house checks. Armed police manned roadblocks around Rome. They also combed the area of Lake Bracciano 25 miles (40 kilometres) to the north of the city. Police refused to say what tip-offs led them to concentrate on the area, but admitted time was running out for the judge.
The seizure of Mr. D'Urso recalled the kidnapping of former prime minister Aldo Moro in 1978. After 54 days, he was killed when the government refused brigade demands. Many of Mr. D'urso's colleagues in the prisons department have asked for armed bodyguards . It is thought he has named senior bureaucrats working with him. On New Year's Eve, Enrico Calvaligi a Carabinieri General in the prison's department, was shot dead by the brigades.