In Italy, the founder of the Red Brigades, Renato Curcio, has gone on trial together with thirteen fellow members of the country's most feared urban guerrilla movement.
GV EXTERIOR Armed policemen standing outside court building
CU INTERIOR Red Brigade prisoners standing in cage inside courtroom, with their handcuffs being unlocked
SV Judges arriving inside courtroom and taking their seats
CU Red Brigade founder, Renato Curcio, standing in cage
SV Security police mingling with public in courtroom
CU ZOOM OUT Prisoners in cage
SV Police walk around cage PAN TO cage containing prisoners
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Background: In Italy, the founder of the Red Brigades, Renato Curcio, has gone on trial together with thirteen fellow members of the country's most feared urban guerrilla movement. The trial in Florence began with the Red Brigades members rejecting the lawyers who had been chosen to defend them.
SYNOPSIS: Security precautions at the Florence courthouse were heavy. Renato Curcio and the other males were heavily chained and they were placed inside two iron cages in the courtroom. Also on trial was Curcio's girlfriend, Naida Mantovani -- the only woman among the accused Red Brigade guerrillas.
The group is accused of committing a number of offences during their highly-publicised trial in Turin last year. Then they were sentenced to a total of 230 years imprisonment for attempting to "subvert the state". Renato Curcio has already collected 43 years in jail at six previous trials.
The Red Brigades are now facing several new charges. These range from insulting the court at Turin, to glorifying a crime to armed insurrection and civil war against the state.
The Turin trial coincided with the kidnapping and murder of former Italian Prime Minister, Aldo Moro, by the Red Brigades. At the time, Curcio hailed the murder as an act of "revolutionary justice and humanity."