An appeal court in Milan has increased the jail sentence on convicted Red Brigades leader Renato Curcio from seven to twelve years.
An appeal court in Milan has increased the jail sentence on convicted Red Brigades leader Renato Curcio from seven to twelve years. The seven-year sentence was imposed on Curcio for possession of arms, and attempting to murder a policemen when he was arrested in 1976. On Thursday (8 February), the sentence was almost doubled.
SYNOPSIS: Since the trails first started more than two years ago, the court has been packed, with members of the public queuing for seats. One historic feature of the trail, and the appeal, has been the cage in which the defendants sit. Branded as a danger to the public and to court officials, the defendants have to be locked into the specially-built cage every time they appear before the judges.
Under Italian law, the appeal against the sentence was made, not by the defence, but by the prosecution, who thought the seven-years term too lenient.
Curcio, who masterminded what the court called its "war against the state", refused to recognise the new verdict. He is already serving a fifteen-year term, and it is not clear whether by new sentence handed down by the judge will run consecutively or concurrently. Curcio has been sentenced to an additional eighteen months for hailing, in court, the murder of former Prime Minister, Aldo Moro, as "an act of revolutionary justice".