Italian leftist terrorists arrested in France

In Paris, the police in France arrested former members of Italian extreme left-wing terrorist organisations operating in the 1970s and 1980s.

The seven will probably be extradited to Italy, where they have been sentenced to prison sentences. Four of them were given life imprisonment for complicity in murder and kidnapping.

Among the seven are five former members of the Red Brigades, a terrorist group guilty of murder, kidnapping, robbery and sabotage in the 1970s and 1980s. The most famous is the abduction and murder of the former Christian Democratic Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978.

To avoid persecution, the seven and also some 200 supporters fled to France. In 1985 they were told that they were allowed to stay on the condition that they had not committed violent crimes. The seven that have now been arrested had not yet been convicted.

That has been the case for years now. Italy has repeatedly asked for their extradition. The French Government is ready to do so now. The French police are looking for three other members of the Red Brigades who have also been convicted in Italy.