Nordio: “France is a friendly country, but in the past almost an accomplice of Br”

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The last chance to get the ten former red terrorists back to Italy is through an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. The relatives of the victims do not give in after the French justice confirmed France’s refusal of the request for extradition of the ten subversive refugees in the country beyond the Alps. Minister Carlo Nordio explains: “There is the possibility of the ECHR, but an appeal by the state bodies is not allowed, if anything, an initiative by the people concerned is needed”. However, the magistrate promises that the government “will give it its all”, explaining that “France is a friendly country”, but that “in the past it has shown itself to be almost an accomplice of these criminals who were guilty of very serious crimes”.

Nordio: “Ex Br dissociate or serve part of the sentence in Italy”

The moral condemnation of the crimes committed by the former terrorists “is there and is accentuated by this decision which is incomprehensible. But we are not satisfied with the moral condemnation”, said the Minister of Justice. The sentences inflicted in Italy on former terrorists should be served “at least in part” in Italy and “we would like these people – he told Door to door last night – gave a sign of dissociation from those criminal enterprises. Instead some of them reacted with arrogance and irony”.

The opinion of the families of the victims

Meanwhile, Maurizio Campagna – brother of Andrea, the Calabrian public security agent killed by terrorists in Milan in 1979 – asks to go to the end: “Those who can must do everything possible, we – he says – make ourselves available to continue the battle”. Alberto Di Cataldo, son of Francesco, the marshal killed in Milan by the Red Brigades on 20 April 1978, however clarifies: “The debt of the terrorists must be extinguished with the Italian citizens and with the Italian state, it is right that the government appeals. They murdered my father because he wore a state uniform and exercised his role in a certain way. The institutions were damaged”.

France’s decision

For the ten ex-terrorists of the 1970s who took refuge in Paris, from members of the Red Brigades to those of Lotta Continua, the Armed Proletarians for Communism and the Combatant Communist Formations, the French court had already denied the extradition request on 29 June last year from Italy motivating the refusal with respect for private and family life and with the right to a fair trial, guarantees provided for by the European Convention on Human Rights. But after the opposition expressed by President Macron, the attorney general of the Paris Court of Appeal, Rémy Heitz, representing the government, had immediately filed an appeal with the Court of Cassation, deeming it necessary to ascertain whether the former terrorists convicted in Italy in absentia whether or not they benefited from a re-process once delivered. Italy, however, had not had any illusions. A few hours after the Cassation ruling, the journalist Mario Calabresi, son of Commissioner Luigi assassinated in 1972 on behalf of Pietrostefani himself, had also emphasized the fact that “none of them has ever said a word repentance, solidarity or reparation. Who knows…”.