Former terrorists, French Cassation Court decision on March 28 on extraditions

Terrel (legal 7 ex br): “The grounds for appeal were groundless”

The Court of Cassation today examined the objections raised by the Attorney General, who had opposed the Court of Appeal’s refusal to extradite ten former Italian terrorists claimed by Italy. The decision of the French Supreme Court will be announced on March 28. The Advocate General of the Court of Cassation concluded for the rejection of the applications.

At the end of June 2022, the Attorney General had challenged before the French Cassation the no to the extradition of the 10 former Italian terrorists decided by the Paris Court of Appeal on June 29th.

The extradition requests concern the former militant of Lotta Continua Giorgio Pietrostefani, one of the founders of Lotta Continua, who has been ill for some time, sentenced to 22 years as one of the instigators of the Calabresi murder; the former Br Giovanni Alimonti, Roberta Cappelli, Marina Petrella, Sergio Tornaghi, Maurizio Di Marzio, Enzo Calvitti; the ex militant of Autonomia Operaia Raffaele Ventura; the former militant of the armed proletarians Luigi Bergamin; the former member of the ‘Armed Nuclei against territorial power’, Narciso Manenti.

“I welcome the request of the Advocate General of the Court of Cassation who concluded for the rejection of the 10 appeals following the best jurisprudence and respecting the principles of the law”. This was stated to Adnkronos by Irène Terrel, the French lawyer of seven of the ten former Italian terrorists arrested in France at the end of April 2021 as part of the ‘Red Shadows’ operation, commenting on the outcome of today’s hearing at the Court of Cassation .

“The reasons for the appeal raised by the Attorney General had no foundation – Terrel underlines – and the appeal must be rejected on the one hand because the procedure in absentia as envisaged in Italy violates article 6 and on the other because the article is violated 8 on the right to private and family life, the fundamental principles established by the European Convention on Human Rights as stated by the Paris Court of Appeal”.