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    In Italy, the Red Brigades latest victim -- a prison guard -- was buried in Turin on Saturday (22 April).

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    EXTERIOR GV: Church, ZOOM INTO MV wreaths.

    INTERIOR MV: Flowers on coffin PAN TO MV wreaths ZOOM INTO CU police guards.

    CU: Plaque PULL BACK TO MV coffin carried from church.

    CU: Red rose PULL BACK TO GV funeral procession along street as people line road. (2 SHOTS)

    CU: Priest PAN TO coffin carried along street.

    MV: Policemen on roof PAN TO wreaths.

    CU: Soldier saluting PAN TO coffin carried along road.

    MV: Police van PULL BACK TO GV prison.

    GV: Prison ZOOM INTO MV barred windows.

    MVs: Prisoners lead by armed guards past police van next to court. (3 SHOTS)

    INTERIOR MVs Prisoners lead into cage and released from manacles. (2 SHOTS)

    MV PULL BACK TO GV: Prisoners in cage.

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    Background: In Italy, the Red Brigades latest victim -- a prison guard -- was buried in Turin on Saturday (22 April). His funeral took place as the Red Brigades' deadline for killing former Premier, Aldo Moro passed without the government meeting the guerrillas' demands.

    The prison guard, Francesco de Cataldo, was shot dead outside his home Thursday (20 April). Shortly after his death a man claiming to represent the Red Brigades telephoned an Italian news agency and said Signor Cataldo had been executed for torturing prisoners at Turin's San Vittore jail. His death followed that of another prison officer who was killed by Red Brigade guerrillas less than two weeks ago.

    Signor Cataldo's funeral was attended by huge crowds and took place as government officials were desperately searching for a compromise formula which might save the life of ex-Premier Aldo Moro -- who was kidnapped five weeks ago.

    The Red Brigades set a deadline at 1400 GMT on Saturday (22 April) saying unless the government met their demands to release jailed Communists, Signor Moro would be executed. But as the deadline passed, there were no reports that the death threat had been carried out.

    Following the death of yet another prison official, there was tense activity at Turin prison where alleged Red Brigade leaders currently on trial are being held.

    The trial of the 15 alleged Brigade members, has been subject to legal postponements for some weeks now. The accused face up to 20 years in jail on charges of forming an armed band to subvert the social and political order of Italy. Only hours before the expiry of the death sentence deadline on Signor Moro, Pope Paul made an anguished appeal for his release. In his handwritten appeal to the far left guerrillas, the Pope said: "I beg you on my knees, free Aldo Moro, simply, without conditions". Meanwhile 61-year-old Signor Moro made his own desperate plea from captivity that the government meet the guerrillas' demands.

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