Italy: Red Brigade founder’s son arrested

Rome, 18 Jan. (AKI) – The Marxist-Lenninist Red Brigades founder Pierino Morlacchi’s son and another suspected member of the far-left terrorist group were arrested in the northern Italian city of Milan on Monday. Anti-terrorism police in Milan have begun questioning the suspects, who are accused of belonging to an armed group aimed at subversionPolice said Morlacchi and Virgilio had taken part in “strategic meetings” and were linked to the New Red Brigades, the far-left successors to the 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.Thirty-nine year-old Morlacchi and 34-year-old Virgilio were arrested at their apartments in Milan, where they worked for a company offering archive management services. Their arrested were ordered by anti-terrorism prosecutors in the Italian capital, Rome.

The two men’s homes had been searched in anti-terror raids last June as part of a probe in which police arrested five other suspected New Red Brigades members in Rome and in the northern port city of Genoa and seized a ‘sizeable’ weapons cache.

“The quantities of weapons and above all the documentation uncovered, demonstrate the intention of this group to take up the armed struggle waged by the Red Brigades,” said the head of anti-terror police in Rome, Lamberto Giannini.

Morlacchi in 2007 published a biography of his father, who died in 1999. Pierino Morlacchi founded the Red Brigades together with Renato Curcio.

Italy’s interior minister Roberto Maroni congratulated police on Monday’s arrests, but warned against a return to the extreme leftwing and rightwing violence seen in the country during the 1970s and 1980s.

“We must keep up our guard against all forms of terrorism, be it domestic or international,” he said.