– Six former Red Brigades
. Marina PETRELLA: born in Rome on August 23, 1954, this ex-leader of the “Roman column” of the Red Brigades was to be extradited at the end of 2008, but President Nicolas Sarkozy had blocked the decree for health reasons. Allowing herself to die, this social worker, in France since 1993, was then hospitalized in psychiatry. “They will only take my body away,” she told her husband.
Imprisoned in Italy in 1979-1980 then from 1982 to 1986, she was sentenced to life imprisonment, in particular for complicity in the murder of Commissioner Sebastiano Vinci, on June 19, 1981 in Rome, as well as for the attempted kidnapping of a vice- prefect of police in 1982, Nicola Simone.
. Roberta CAPPELLI, born in Rome on October 5, 1955. This brigadist was sentenced to life imprisonment, in particular for “association for terrorist purposes” and for “aggravated homicides”. She was found to be jointly responsible for the Rome murders of General Galavigi, policeman Michele Granato and Commissioner Vinci between 1979 and 1981.
French justice had pronounced in favor of his extradition in 1995, but the decree was never applied by President Jacques Chirac.
Refugee in France in 1993 and mother of a son, she became a specialized educator.
. Sergio TORNAGHI, born in Milan on March 24, 1958. This former brigadist, member of the Milanese Walter Alasia column, is accused of having played a role in the murder of a manager of his factory in Milan, Renato Briano, in November 1980 He was sentenced to life in his absence.
In 1986 and 1998, the French courts twice issued an unfavorable opinion on his extradition. Father of two children, this retired IT project manager lives in Dordogne, in the south-west of France.
. Giovanni ALIMONTI, born in Rome on August 30, 1955. Sentenced, among other things, for the attempted kidnapping of Vice-Prefect Nicola Simone, like Marina Petrella. He must serve another 11 and a half years in prison for “participation in an armed band” and “association for terrorist purposes”.
A refugee in France since 1983, he is the father of two daughters and a grandfather. In 1992, the French courts had issued a favorable opinion on his extradition, but no decree had been signed.
. Enzo CALVITTI, born in Mafalda (Molise, center of the country) on February 17, 1955. Also a member of the Red Brigades, he was sentenced in absentia to 18 years’ imprisonment for the attempted kidnapping of the deputy director of the anti-terrorist division of the police in Rome in 1982. In 1990, French justice had accepted his extradition, but no decree had been signed.
Married, he is retired after having been a psychotherapist.
. Maurizio DI MARZIO: born on July 6, 1960, this former leader of the Red Brigades, was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment, in particular for his role, with Marina Petrella and Giovanni Alimonti, in the attempted kidnapping of Vice-Prefect Simone. After about six years in prison, he moved to France in the early 1990s. This Parisian restaurateur was arrested in 1994, but the extradition procedure was not completed.
He is now claimed by Italy to serve a remaining sentence of five years and nine months for the armed attack on an armored van on July 30, 1981, claimed by the Red Brigades.
– Four former members of other far-left armed groups –
. Narciso MANENTI, born November 22, 1957 in Telgate, near Bergamo (north). A member of the “Armed cores for the territorial counter-power”, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a gendarme, Giuseppe Guerrieri, in March 1979 in Bergamo.
A refugee in France for almost 40 years, he has worked in several professions – decorator, manager of a communication company, handyman in a theater -. Married to a Frenchwoman, he is the father of three children and a grandfather. In 1987, French justice refused his extradition.
. Giorgio PIETROSTEFANI, born November 10, 1943 in L’Aquila (Abruzzo, center). A former leader of the Marxist labor movement “Lutte Continues”, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in the 1972 murder in Milan of Commissioner Luigi Calabresi in Milan. Having received a liver transplant, his state of health requires hospitalization every three months.
For the son of the commissioner, the Italian journalist Mario Calabresi, “the zones of lawlessness cannot exist for who killed but I do not manage to experience satisfaction in seeing an old and sick person put in prison so long after” facts.
. Luigi BERGAMIN: this Italian born in August 1948 in Citadella, near Padua (north) is a former militant of the group Prima Linea. Exiled in France since 1982 and become a translator, he is claimed for his involvement in the organization of the murder of a prison officer, Antonio Santoro – killed in Udine (north-east) by Cesare Battisti in June 1978. His extradition had been refused in the early 1990s.
. Raffaele VENTURA: Born October 25, 1949, this 71-year-old director was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his involvement in the May 1977 murder of policeman Antonio Custra in Milan. A former member of the “Combatant Communist Formations” according to Italian justice, he claims on the contrary to have been a member of the “workers’ autonomy” movement, which “never advocated armed struggle”. Naturalized French in 1986, he renounced Italian nationality.