French police arrest former member of Italy’s Red Brigades

Maurizio Di Marzio, 61, was the last member of the movement still on the run following the raid at the end of April by French authorities that led to the arrest of nine other former activists, seven men and two women. [Shutterstock/Obatala-photography]

French police arrested a former member of Italian far-left movement, the Red Brigades, on Monday at the request of the Italian authorities.

Maurizio Di Marzio, 61, was the last member of the movement still on the run following the raid at the end of April by French authorities that led to the arrest of nine other former activists, seven men and two women.

Long sought by Rome, they were convicted for their involvement in attacks committed in Italy during the 1970s and 1980s, nicknamed “the years of lead.”

“I salute the courage of Emmanuel Macron, who has done what none of his predecessors had the strength and courage to do,” French MEP Sandro Gozi of the Renew Europe group said at the time, while Italian PM Mario Draghi spoke of “the memory of these barbaric acts […] still alive in Italy.”

Di Marzio was placed in judicial custody Monday and will appear before the Paris Court of Appeal within 48 hours. The court will decide whether he should be remanded in custody or released under judicial supervision for the duration of the proceedings – an option that has been granted to the other former Red Brigades members arrested before.

(Mathieu Pollet | EURACTIV.fr)

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