Four policemen, accused of torturing suspects during the hunt for US General James Dozier, have been listening to evidence from former members of the Red Brigade, during their trial in Padua.
SV EXTERIORS People outside courtroom
SV PAN Policemen in civilian clothes outside courtroom
GV ZOOM INTO SV INTERIOR Courtroom, judge listening to testimony
CU PULL BACK Advocate speaking, courtroom with one prisoner behind bars
CU PAN Defendants PAN TO Witness giving evidence
CU PULL BACK LV Prisoner behind bars and people listening to evidence
SV Members of the public listening
SV PAN PULL BACK TO LV ZOOM INTO CU Defendants
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Background: Four policemen, accused of torturing suspects during the hunt for US General James Dozier, have been listening to evidence from former members of the Red Brigade, during their trial in Padua. Five men were originally arrested, but Salvatore Genova, was elected to Parliament in last month's elections, and has been freed pending authorisation from the Lower House of Parliament to proceed with the charges against him. The accused have called on policemen throughout Italy to go to Padua to protest at the trial (July 12) instead of participating in the traditional celebrations for National Police Day. The anti-terrorist squad, liberated General Dozier from the Red Brigades in January last year. Several of the terrorists captured during the raid have given evidence against the accused saying they were subjected to torture by the policemen. The men denied all the charges, and a verdict is expected within forty-eight hours. Cesare Di Lenardo, who has been sentenced to 29 years' imprisonment for his part in the kidnapping, claims the policemen burned his hands and applied electric shocks to his genitals. Police chiefs say the trial will only weaken the State's campaign against urban guerrillas and political subversives.