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November 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An alleged terrorist wanted by Italy since the 1970s was arrested in Buenos Aires. Leonardo Bertulazzi, 51, is believed to have been head of logistics for the Red Brigades, which is blamed for kidnapping and killing former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978. Bertulazzi was arrested Sunday with an unidentified female German doctor, an Interpol spokesman said.
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May 1, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
If you plan to see "Il Divo" -- and you should -- be prepared to hold on to your seat. Simultaneously exhilarating and confounding, dazzling and confusing, this is filmmaking of such verve and style that you likely won't care that you can't follow it completely. One of two breakthrough Italian films (the other was "Gomorrah") to receive prizes at Cannes last year, "Il Divo" comes by its intricacy honestly.
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NEWS
December 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
A Rome court today acquitted 168 Red Brigades guerrillas charged with armed insurrection and inciting civil war, saying the left-wing group had never seriously endangered the Italian republic. All the defendants in the two-week trial had been sentenced to long jail terms for guerrilla crimes in other cases.
WORLD
July 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge convicted and sentenced to life in prison three members of the Red Brigades terrorist group for the May 1999 killing of a government labor advisor, court officials said. A fourth was convicted and sentenced to nine years. Prosecutors had asked for life terms for all four, who were accused of gunning down Massimo D'Antona in Rome while he was working on labor market reforms that were bitterly contested by Italy's unions.
NEWS
July 2, 1992 | Associated Press
Alberto Franceschini, one of the founders and leaders of the Red Brigades leftist terrorist group, has been released from prison 30 years early, after 18 years behind bars. His lawyer, Ambra Giovene, said Wednesday that Franceschini, 45, benefited from a 1987 law reducing jail terms for terrorists who renounced their past. While in jail, Franceschini renounced the "armed revolution" the Red Brigades espoused in the 1980s.
NEWS
May 26, 1986 | Associated Press
Three members of the ultraleftist Red Brigades terror group were sentenced to life imprisonment in the murder of a prison warden, Italian newspapers reported Sunday. The Rome Court of Assize was said to have handed down the sentences Saturday against Francesco Donati, Carlo Garavaglia and Barbara Fabrizi in the Dec. 3, 1982, killing of Germana Stefanini, 57, head warden of the women's section at Rome's Rebibbia prison.
NEWS
April 6, 1990 | Associated Press
Two men captured near the Swiss border in a car filled with weapons and ammunition have been identified as convicted members of the Red Brigades terrorist gang. Officials said Thursday they were probably preparing a major armed robbery but had no other immediate details. Police identified the two as Enzo Fontana, 38, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison for killing a highway patrolman in 1977, and Giorgio Giudici, 40, who had served an eight-year prison term for armed robbery.
WORLD
July 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge convicted and sentenced to life in prison three members of the Red Brigades terrorist group for the May 1999 killing of a government labor advisor, court officials said. A fourth was convicted and sentenced to nine years. Prosecutors had asked for life terms for all four, who were accused of gunning down Massimo D'Antona in Rome while he was working on labor market reforms that were bitterly contested by Italy's unions.
NEWS
October 14, 1989
An Italian court Friday acquitted 253 Red Brigade guerrillas--many of whom are already jailed for other terrorist crimes--of charges of armed insurrection against the state. Judges, who deliberated the verdict for four days after an eight-month trial, said the defendants had never organized a serious attempt to overthrow the Italian republic. The acquittals had been expected because of three previous rulings dating to 1970.
WORLD
December 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
ITALY Italian police discovered 220 pounds of explosives at a Red Brigades guerrilla group hide-out in a raid the interior minister described as a key advance in a probe into the slaying of two Labor Ministry advisors, one in 1999 and one in 2002. Police said the apartment in Rome had been used as a base by the modern incarnation of the ultra-left Red Brigades group that terrorized Italy in the 1970s.
WORLD
December 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
ITALY Italian police discovered 220 pounds of explosives at a Red Brigades guerrilla group hide-out in a raid the interior minister described as a key advance in a probe into the slaying of two Labor Ministry advisors, one in 1999 and one in 2002. Police said the apartment in Rome had been used as a base by the modern incarnation of the ultra-left Red Brigades group that terrorized Italy in the 1970s.
WORLD
November 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An alleged terrorist wanted by Italy since the 1970s was arrested in Buenos Aires. Leonardo Bertulazzi, 51, is believed to have been head of logistics for the Red Brigades, which is blamed for kidnapping and killing former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978. Bertulazzi was arrested Sunday with an unidentified female German doctor, an Interpol spokesman said.
NEWS
March 21, 2002 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Italy's top security official said Wednesday that an offshoot of the Red Brigades guerrilla group killed Marco Biagi, co-author of a bitterly contested government bill that would make it easier to fire workers. Interior Minister Claudio Scajola said that initial tests by police indicated that Biagi was shot Tuesday night with the same 9-millimeter handgun used in the 1999 slaying of another government advisor who was involved in a previous effort to liberalize the rigid labor code.
OPINION
October 21, 2001 | JOHN BALZAR
I met a terrorist once. Only he wasn't so terrifying. He asked me for my shoes. He was bearded and greasy-filthy, and I couldn't even guess his age. He rode a squeaky, lopsided bicycle and wore a cloak of rags. You would have mistaken him for a beggar. And you wouldn't have been wrong. It was 1994 in Havana, Cuba. He was begging for a pair of shoes. I recall this encounter because this man is the only evidence I've ever come across that terrorists can be defeated. We did not exchange names.
NEWS
June 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
French police arrested a onetime member of the Italian Red Brigades in connection with the 1978 assassination of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. Alvaro Loiacono, 50, was arrested on a crowded beach in Bastia, Corsica, police said. He put up no resistance. Italian authorities had been hunting for Loiacono for 22 years for his alleged role in the death of Moro, who was kidnapped and subsequently killed. Loiacono was brought before a judge in Bastia after his arrest.
NEWS
July 2, 1992 | Associated Press
Alberto Franceschini, one of the founders and leaders of the Red Brigades leftist terrorist group, has been released from prison 30 years early, after 18 years behind bars. His lawyer, Ambra Giovene, said Wednesday that Franceschini, 45, benefited from a 1987 law reducing jail terms for terrorists who renounced their past. While in jail, Franceschini renounced the "armed revolution" the Red Brigades espoused in the 1980s.
NEWS
March 28, 1985 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
The nearly dormant Red Brigades terrorist organization re-emerged Wednesday and claimed responsibility for the assassination of a labor union economist. The police said that two young men opened fire on the economist, Ezio Tarantelli, with machine guns Wednesday morning as he sat in his car in a Rome University parking lot. A Red Brigades leaflet was found next to the car, and an anonymous caller later told a Milan radio station, "We are the Red Brigades; we claim the attack."
NEWS
March 21, 1987 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
Two men on a motorcycle, believed to be Red Brigades terrorists, shot and killed Italy's top aerospace general Friday night as he was being driven to his home. An hour after the 6:45 p.m. attack, a woman called a newspaper office in Milan and claimed responsibility for the killing in the name of the "Fighting Communist Union." This is thought to be a faction of the Red Brigades, the group that terrorized Italy in the 1970s and early 1980s and has recently shown signs of again becoming active.
NEWS
April 6, 1990 | Associated Press
Two men captured near the Swiss border in a car filled with weapons and ammunition have been identified as convicted members of the Red Brigades terrorist gang. Officials said Thursday they were probably preparing a major armed robbery but had no other immediate details. Police identified the two as Enzo Fontana, 38, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison for killing a highway patrolman in 1977, and Giorgio Giudici, 40, who had served an eight-year prison term for armed robbery.
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
A Rome court today acquitted 168 Red Brigades guerrillas charged with armed insurrection and inciting civil war, saying the left-wing group had never seriously endangered the Italian republic. All the defendants in the two-week trial had been sentenced to long jail terms for guerrilla crimes in other cases.
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