Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Court upholds sentences against neo-red brigades members

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(ANSA) – Rome, September 11 – The Cassation Court upheld
reduced sentences on Tuesday for 11 neo-Red Brigades members who
were convicted of plotting to assassinate labour advisor and
parliament member Pietro Ichino.
Italy's highest court found that the group was effectively
an armed band.
The definitive ruling means the longest sentence among the
convicted will be 11 years of prison and the shortest will be 26
months.
The decision of Italy's highest appeals court upheld the
May ruling of a Milan appeals court.
The Milan appeals court absolved one and convicted 11
members of the so-called new Red Brigades for subversive acts
and armed criminal association in late May.
The leader of the terror group's Milan cell, Claudio
Latino, was sentenced to 11 years and six months, reduced from
the original request of 14 years.
Intent of terrorism was excluded from the charges.
The sentence also included a 100,000-euro damages payment
for threats made by group members against labour ministry
consultant Pietro Ichino in 2007.
The terror group was responsible for the murder of
government advisors Massimo D'Antona in 1999 and Marco Biagi in
2002, both of whom were, as Ichino, consulting for the
government on labor reforms allowing companies to lay off
employees more easily.
After being sentenced, members and their families hurled
insults and further threats at Ichino, who was present in court
and has been under police protection since 2002.
Italy is on high alert for terrorism after threats of more
violence by a group called the Informal Anarchists Federation
(FAI) claimed responsibility for the knee-capping of a nuclear
company executive last May, an act that new Red Brigades members
applauded from prison.

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