The trial of trans-Atlantic hijacker Raffaelo Minichiello resumed in Rome today (Thursday) after a month's postponement due to a lawyers' strike.
The trial of trans-Atlantic hijacker Raffaelo Minichiello resumed in Rome today (Thursday) after a month's postponement due to a lawyers' strike. The 20-year-old Vietnam war hero faces charges ranging from kidnapping to the illegal carrying of military weapons.
Minichiello has been in jail since the hijacking of a Boeing 707 jetliner from California to Rome last October. The charges arising from the incident carry maximum penalties totalling over 30 years in jail.
Minichiello, whose family migrated to America from southern Italy when he was a child, first came before a Rome court at the end of May. At that time, the case was shelved for a month because of the lawyers' strike.
Today's hearing resulted in yet another postponement. Crew members of the hijacked airliner had failed to reply to a notification from the Italian authorities that the trial was due to start. The three presiding magistrates upheld a defence plea that this was an irregularity and ordered the trial postponed.