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Italian court jails far-right militants for 1974 Brescia bombing

David Kearns

Published 23/07/2015 | 12:16

The Piazza della Loggia, where eight people were killed in a far-right bomb attack in 1974
The Piazza della Loggia, where eight people were killed in a far-right bomb attack in 1974

An Italy court has handed down life sentences to two former far-right militants who killed eight people in a bomb attack in 1974.

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Carlo Maria Maggi (80) was a member of Italy's far-right group New Order. He was jailed along with Maurizio Tramonte (63), a former intelligence agent.

The Brescia bombing, which injured 100 people, was one of several far-right attacks in the 1970s.

The most notorious of which was the Bologna train station massacre in 1980 which killed 85 people.

Mr Maggi - who ran New Order's Venetian cell in north Italy - will not go to jail because of his poor health.

Mr Tramonte however will likely send the rest of his life in jail.

The Milan court heard evidence that Mr Maggi ordered the bombing, while Mr Tramonte helped to organise it and interfered with the police's investigation.

The court's judgment can still be challenged in Italy's top criminal court - the Court of Cassation - but it is likely to be upheld, Italian media reports

The pairs' conviction is the first time that both New Order and the intelligence services have been so clearly linked to far-right violence that grip Italy in the 1970s.

Two previous investigations had resulted in several acquittals and this was one of Italy's longest-running terrorism cases.

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