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.
September 29, 1988 |
Authorities arrested an armed Italian man suspected of being a member of the Red Brigades terrorist group, a Swiss official said Wednesday. The spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office, Josef Herrmann, said Italian authorities had not requested the extradition of 28-year-old Antonio De Luca, who was arrested Sept. 22 in Basel while on a train from Paris. But Italian media reports Wednesday said De Luca was turned over to Italian authorities after his arrest.
June 21, 1988 |
After one of their biggest anti-terrorist raids in recent years, the Italian national police focused Monday on what it called a new breed of low-profile Red Brigades extremists who camouflage themselves in big-city anonymity. Examining magistrates met in Milan to examine evidence seized Friday in a terrorist hide-out, an apartment on the outskirts of the city. Police questioned nine Red Brigades suspects arrested after the raid.
May 8, 1988 |
A suspected terrorist who was arrested on burglary charges may have been planning "terrorist acts" in Los Angeles, police said in court documents made public Friday. Robert Jackson Conn, 28, who had been living in West Los Angeles for about nine months, is a reputed associate of Italy's Red Brigades, according to the court documents. He was arrested at his apartment April 26 on burglary and theft charges filed against him in Maricopa County, Ariz., in 1981.
May 1, 1988
In his commentary on the futility of terrorism ("Terror Has Its Own Itinerary," Opinion, April 24), Thomas Powers observes: "In every place, terror has been enormous trouble--death or injury for the few, fear for the many, steady growth in the power of the security organs of the state--but in no place has terror been effective." Powers does not cite the most impressive instance of his thesis: the massive sustained terror campaign against a very poor country by the world's richest country.
April 20, 1988 |
On a soft spring afternoon in the provincial town of Forli, the postmen rang once. A relaxed Roberto Ruffilli, his tie loose, turned down the classical music he loved and opened the door. The postmen first proffered a neatly wrapped package, then showed a 7.65-millimeter pistol. They backed Ruffilli into the living room, forced him onto a sofa and shot him three times. They left in a stolen van altered to look like a post office truck.
April 17, 1988 |
Terrorists Saturday murdered an Italian senator who was a key political adviser and close friend of incoming Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita in a resurgence of extremist violence aimed at "the heart of the state." The assassination of unprotected Sen. Roberto Ruffilli in the home of relatives in northern Italy caught Italian anti-terrorist police looking the other way.