As the search continues throughout Italy for the kidnappers of Christian Democrat leader Signor Also Moro, the government there has announced new penalties for kidnappers, and given the police new powers.
SV and CU Flowers and wreathes lying in street at scene of Moro kidnapping in Rome (3 shots)
GV Soldiers overlooking road as checks are carried out on vehicles (3 shots)
GV Soldiers stop and examine vehicles (3 shots)
GV church of San Giovanni in Rome EXTERIOR
SV Cardinal Poletti leads mass
SCU Signor Beningno Zaccagnini, Christian Democrat Party Secretary listens
SCU Mr. Amintore Fanfani and wife
GV Priest at altar during mass
GV EXTERIOR Chigi Palace, government headquarters in Rome
SV Ministers arriving for meeting (2 shots)
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Background: As the search continues throughout Italy for the kidnappers of Christian Democrat leader Signor Also Moro, the government there has announced new penalties for kidnappers, and given the police new powers.
SYNOPSIS: The powers were introduced on day seven of the hunt for Signor Moro and the Red Brigade members who gunned down his five guards in this Rome Street. Flowers mark the scene of the ambush.
Thousands of police and soldiers are involved in the nationwide search operation. Under the newly-introduced powers, police have greater freedom in interrogating suspects and tapping telephone conversations. Suspects can be held for up to 24 hours for identity checks and be questioned without a lawyer.
Vehicles are being stopped and searched here on a main road outside Rome, but so far, there has been no breakthrough in the search. Under the changes in the law, kidnappers face the death penalty if the victim is killed.
Throughout Italy, there have been church services for the five guards killed in the ambush. Here at the Church of San Giovanni in Rome, leading members of the Christian Democrat party attended a mass for Signor Moro and the dead guards. Other party leaders assisted at the mass.
The cabinet met at the Chigi Palace, the government headquarters, to approve the new security measures, which were introduced straight away even though they have to be finally approved by the Italian parliament, within 60 days.