Mr. Riccardo Palma, the Italian magistrate assassinated be left-wing guerrillas earlier this week, was buried?
GV EXT: Church, with police and police vans nearby, Rome. (2 SHOTS)
LV & CU INT: Coffin placed on ground with armed police guard. (2 SHOTS)
TOP VIEW & CU PAN: Guard of honour standing by coffin. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU PAN: Wife and son seated with other mourners. (2 SHOTS)
SV: President Leone walks forward and pays respects in front of coffin.
SV & LV: Cardinal Ugo Poletti conduction service. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Mr. Riccardo Palma, the Italian magistrate assassinated be left-wing guerrillas earlier this week, was buried in Rome on Thursday (16 February). There was heavy police security at the funeral service, which was attended by leading political figures including President Giovanni Leone.
SYNOPSIS: The strong security was clearly evident at the central church of Santi Apostoli in Rome, where the service was held. Sixty-three-year old Riccardo Palma was one of Rome's leading magistrates and had been in charge of prison maintenance. He was shot in an ambush outside his home on tuesday (14 February).
The left-wing guerrilla group, red Brigades, later claimed responsibility for the killing. Police say the murder is part of a campaign to intimade the country's magistrates, following the capture and impending trial of 50 of the group's members. Signor Palma's widow and son were among the many mourners, who included Italian President Giovanni Leone and other leading politicians. Signor Palma's murder is the fourth political killing in Italy so far this year. He is also the fifth Italian judicial official to have been murdered in the past seven years. The funeral service was conducted by the pope's vicar for the Rome Diocese, Cardinal Ugo Poletti. He described Signor Palma as an innocent victim of an absurd hatred.