In Italy the trial of six Red Brigade members continues in a court in Milan.?
GV Police convoy escorting prison vans arriving at courthouse. (2 SHOTS)
SV Security guards checking people entering court. (2 SHOTS)
CU Accused members of Red Brigade behind bars in court.
CU Another suspect PULL BACK TO SV police standing guard inside and outside iron cage.
MV Judge taking seat in court.
SV Court officials preparing for start of case.
SV Accused in cage.
CU Police shepherding pressmen to seats.
CU Accused looking out from cage.
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Background: In Italy the trial of six Red Brigade members continues in a court in Milan. Slow progress is being made in the face of endless legal wrangles. At the end of the session on Monday (16 October) formal hearings had still not begun, on a variety of charges including subversion.
SYNOPSIS: The police convoy carrying the six accused arrived at the courthouse amid heavy security. Recent attacks have reminded authorities that despite setbacks, Italy's urban guerrillas are still a threat in the community.
Inside security is also tight, and stringent checks are made on those entering the Milan courthouse.
The defendants, kept in a Briagde founder, Renato Curcio, and Corrado Alunni. Police call some of the arrests last month the biggest breakthrough so far in the hunt for the kidnappers of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. But legal wrangles have hindered proceedings since they began on October 12.
Defendants frequently interrupt proceedings and one of the accused, Sabrizio Pelli, has been allowed to deliver to the court a joint statement from the defendants. They complained about prison conditions and reaffirmed their commitment to armed struggle. At the end of the day, their formal pleas had still not been entered.