• Short Summary

    One of Italy's most controversial trials opened in the southern Italian town of Catanzaro on Monday (27 January).

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4UUYL4UPMI4S01HLXY7JQ56SQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA4UUYL4UPMI4S01HLXY7JQ56SQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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