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The World

January 28, 1987

Italy's highest court closed one of the country's most controversial judicial sagas, upholding the acquittal of three neo-fascists and an anarchist accused of planting a bomb that killed 16 people and injured 88 in a Milan bank in 1969. The ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal was expected to be the last word on the incident, known as the Piazza Fontana massacre. However, the court left unanswered the question of who was to blame for the bombing. Lawyers for the anarchist argued that neo-fascists carried out the attack, then tried to blame it on the extreme left as part of a plan to pave the way for a rightist coup.

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