France backs Red Brigades extradition
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has authorised the extradition
to Italy of a former member of the far-left Red Brigades movement,
the justice ministry said.
Marina Petrella was convicted by an Italian court in 1992 of offences
including murder, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and armed robbery.
She has a month to appeal to the State Council, France's top
administrative law body.
The Red Brigades carried out a campaign of violence in the 1970s that
culminated in the kidnapping and murder of former Prime Minister Aldo
Moro in 1978.
Many former members took refuge in France where former Socialist
president Francois Mitterrand refused to extradite left-wing radicals
who renounced violence.
Petrella had started a new life in France with her partner, with whom
she had a child.
France probes bomb alerts linked to Red Brigades
PARIS (AFP) French anti-terrorism police are investigating a series
of bomb alerts targeting trains that could be linked to the extremist
Italian Red Brigades, a judicial source said Monday.
Paris investigators took over the probe from local police in the
Alpine town of Chambery after firefighters and a newspaper received
several calls over the weekend warning of bomb attacks on trains
traveling in the Savoie region.
A letter written in Italian and signed "in memory of the Red
Brigades" was found Saturday in a telephone booth claiming
responsibility for the alleged bomb plot, according to the source.
France earlier this month moved to extradite to Italy former Red
Brigade member Marina Petrella, who was arrested last year and is
wanted in her home country for a series of crimes including the
murder of a police officer in 1981.
Italy's most infamous far-left extremist group, the Red Brigades were
blamed for hundreds of murders in the 1970s and 1980s. Their most
notorious act was the murder of Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro in 1978.
The state-owned SNCF rail operator confirmed Monday that three bomb
alerts received at the weekend caused serious delays, one of which
concerned a TGV fast-train in the Alpine region.
The calls warned of bombs placed either near tracks or aboard trains
traveling between the towns of Chambery and Aix-les-Bains, an area
that draws tourists to its many mountain resorts.
Bomb defusal experts were called in to Aix-les-Bains on Saturday when
the letter was found in a telephone booth following a call to Le
Dauphine Libere newspaper.
The letter mentioned former far left Italian activist Cesare
Battisti, who was arrested in Brazil last year and is wanted in Italy
for four murders.
A former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, Battisti had
been living in Paris from 1990 where he made his name as an author of