One of Italy's most controversial trials opened in the southern Italian town of Catanzaro on Monday (27 January).
GV EXT Catanzaro.
GV Security Guards outside courtroom.
GV PAN Search booths.
GV PAN Courtroom and officials.
GV PAN Security guards at rear of courtroom.
CU Fascists flanked by guards.
GV PAN Crowd in courtroom.
Initials VS 4.07 VS 4.15
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: One of Italy's most controversial trials opened in the southern Italian town of Catanzaro on Monday (27 January).
Two groups -- 12 anarchists and 13 fascists -- are accused of planting a bomb in a milan bank in December 1969 which exploded and killed 16 people and injured 88 others.
The anarchists -- led by former dancer Pietro Valpreda -- were arrested shortly after the blast. It was Italy's deadliest bomb attack since World War Two.
The neo-fascists -- led by Franco Freda and Giovanni Ventura -- were accused of the same offence two years later.
Both groups cannot be guilty and there is no apparent link between them. Legal wrangling over this and other questions have delayed the start of the trial for more than five years.
On the opening day the anarchists boycotted the hearing in protest at being tried at the same time and in the same court as the fascists. Italian law does not require a personal court appearance if an individual is legally represented.
Extra police were brought to the town and the courtroom was set up in a prison gymnasium. The trial is being held in the south because it is thought feelings about the bomb still run too high in northern Italy's Milan to allow for a fair trial there.