Rome, 5 Oct. (AKI) - A new letter signed by Italy's far-left Red
Brigades terrorist group makes fresh threats to opposition politician
Luciano Violante and his wife. The letter arrived at Italian news
agency Adnkronos on Tuesday and was the second missive targeting
Violante in less than two weeks.
''This combat cell confirms our next target will be Luciano Violante,
organiser of a web of complicity with the right," read the letter.
Like the previous letter threatening Violante and his wife Giulia De
Marco sent to Adnkronos last month, the missive was written in block
capitals and bore the characteristic five-point star of the Red
Brigades. It was posted in the seaside town of Fiumicino near Rome on Monday.
The letter denied responsibility for an apparent attempt last week to
assassinate Maurizio Belpietro , director of Libero, a newspaper
aligned with Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
"We had no hand in the failed attempt to shoot Berlusconi's hanger-on
Belpietro, a compliant servant in the state lie-machine," it stated.
Italian counterterrorism police examined the letter - whose
authenticity has yet to be verified - at Adnkronos in Rome.
The previous letter had two bullets inside the envelope.
Violante, a former parliament speaker and anti-terrorism judge, is an
MP for the centre-left opposition Democratic Party, and currently
heads its reforms department.
Italy's new Red Brigades, are the successors to Italy's
Marxist-Lenninist Red Brigades, who in the 1970s and 1980s carried
out kidnappings and murders in Italy including that of former prime
minister Aldo Moro in 1978.