Thirty-two Red Brigade terrorists were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Rome court on january 24 for their part in the kidnapping and murder of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978.
1. GV Interior courtroom with pressmen filming Red Brigade defendants behind bars (three shots) 0.14
2. SV Judge reading sentence, pubic in courtroom (tree shots) 0.31
3. SCU Red Brigade members behind bars listening while the judge reads the sentence (six shots) 1.07
4. SV & GV Judge continues to read sentence (three shots) 1.23
5. GV Newspaper stall showing papers at th time of Moro's kidnapping (three shots) 1.39
6. SCU Moro at a meeting 1.46
7. GV AND SV The car in which Moro's body was found and the corps being carried away (three shots) 2.13
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Background: ROME: ITALY
Thirty-two Red Brigade terrorists were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Rome court on january 24 for their part in the kidnapping and murder of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978. The courtroom was packed with journalists and cameramen for the reading of the sentences by assize court President, Severino Santiapichi. It marked the end of the 10-month trial held amidst some of the tightest security Italy has seen. Mr. Santiapichi, flanked by seven other judges, upheld all but two of the life sentences demanded by the prosecution. Defendants who had co-operated with the police in their investigations all received lighter sentences, mostly sixteen years or less. Mario Moretti, the terrorist accused by two fellow Red Brigade members as the mastermind of the kidnap, was one of those given a life sentence. The judgement came close to five years after Mr. Moro's bullet-ridden body was found in a car parked close to the centre of Rome in Mary 1978. He had been held captive by the Red Brigade kidnappers for almost two months. At the time, Aldo Moro was the leader of the Christian Democratic Party and had been five times Prime Minister.
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