The third attempt to put on trial the founders of Italy's notorious "Red Brigades" guerrilla group had again to be postponed after their four lawyers refused to defend them.
GV: Police and armed troops in streets around converted barracks, scene of trial. (6 SHOTS)
VG INTERIOR: Court.
SV & CU: Prisoners in specially built cage adjoining courtroom. (4 SHOTS)
GV: Prisoners being taken back to prison after adjournment.
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Background: The third attempt to put on trial the founders of Italy's notorious "Red Brigades" guerrilla group had again to be postponed after their four lawyers refused to defend them. The trial began on Thursday, but the next day it was adjourned for 24 hours because of the defence laywers' action...described as a "legal manoeuvre".
SYNOPSIS: The trial's being held in a specially converted barracks amid the tightest security. During the last two years, five people had been killed by guerrillas in their campaign to have the trial put off. The latest person to die was a policeman...but there have been threats to several other people connected with the trial, including the judge and one of the jurors.
Friday's session of the court lasted only 20 minutes...then it was postponed. The four defendants, who include the Brigades' leader Renato Curcio and some of his lieutenants, appeared in court locked inside a specially-built steel cage. The court had appointed to defend them the lawyers they requested...but the lawyers made a variety of excuses for not appearing on their behalf.
Later, curcio said in a written statement that the trial had to go ahead...to show the state was incapable of trying the leaders of the proletariat revolution.