• Short Summary

    THE SEVENTH SESSION ENDED IN MESSINA, SICILY, ITALY, MAR 28, OF THE TRIAL OF THREE SICILIAN PEASANTS AND FOUR CAPUCHIN MONKS CHARGED WITH COMPLICITY IN MURDER, BLACKMAIL, EXTORTION AND ROBBERY.

  • Description

    1.
    GV EXT... MESSINA COURT BUILDING.
    0.03

    2.
    GV PAN... COURTROOM TO JUDGED BENCH.
    0.12

    3.
    LV JUDGE.
    0.13

    4.
    LV PAN... ACCUSED FRIARS IN DOCK.
    0.21

    5.
    SV PROF. CARNELUTTI, DEFENCE COUNSEL.
    0.24

    6.
    LV FATHER CARMELO TESTIFYING.
    0.28

    7.
    CU PAN... DITTO PAN TO JUDGE.
    0.35

    8.
    SV OFFICIALS.
    0.37

    9.
    SV FATHER CARMELO AFTER FINISHING TESTIMONY.
    0.41

    10.
    GV PEOPLE LEAVE COURTROOM.
    0.44

    11.
    REAR V... DITTO.
    0.47



    Initials KJ/S/MGT/LW



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    Background: THE SEVENTH SESSION ENDED IN MESSINA, SICILY, ITALY, MAR 28, OF THE TRIAL OF THREE SICILIAN PEASANTS AND FOUR CAPUCHIN MONKS CHARGED WITH COMPLICITY IN MURDER, BLACKMAIL, EXTORTION AND ROBBERY.

    ACCORDING TO THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, THE FOUR MONKS - FATHER CARMELO, 81; FATHER AGRIPPINO, 39; FATHER VENANZIO, 48; AND FATHER VITTORIO, 42 - BANDED TOGETHER WITH THREE LAYMEN TO PERFORM A NUMBER OF CRIMINAL ACTS RESULTING IN THE KILLING NEARLY FOUR YEARS AGO OF ANGELO CANNADA, A RICH LANDOWNER. THE THREE LAYMEN ARE SUSPECTED OF BEING MEMBERS OF MAFIA, THE SICILIAN UNDERGROUND CRIMINAL ASSOCIATION.

    A YEAR AFTER SIGNOR CANNADA WAS SHOT BY MARKED MEN WHEN HE RESISTED ATTEMPTS TO EXTORT MONEY FROM HIM BY THREATENING LETTERS, A POLICEMAN INVESTIGATING THE CASE WAS WOUNDED BY GUNSHOTS. THE POLICEMAN'S ASSAILANTS WERE ARRESTED AND ALLEGEDLY LINKED WITH THE KILLERS OF SIGNOR CANADA.

    ONE OF THE TWO MEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WAS CARMELO LO BARTOLO, GARDENER AT THE CAPUCHIN MONASTERY IN MAZZARINO, SICILY, THROUGH WHOM THE POLICE WERE LED TO THE FOUR FRIARS. LO BARTOLO HANGED HIMSELF IN A PRISON CELL WHILE THE CASE WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

    THE FOUR MONKS - SACKED BY A FORMIDABLE DEFENCE LED BY PROFESSOR CARNELUTTI - ARE ALLOWED TO SAY MASS IN PRISON AS THEY HAVE NOT BEEN EXPELLED FROM THEIR ORDER. IN CONTRAST TO THEIR LAY CO-DEFENDANTS, THEY APPEAR IN COURT UNMANACLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VATICAN AND THE ITALIAN STATE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA85NNK1LCSPE2WCWTJV4X61WM6
    Media URN:
    VLVA85NNK1LCSPE2WCWTJV4X61WM6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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