Italian police arrest members of ‘new Red Brigades’
Published: 7:00AM GMT 19 Jan 2010
Manolo Morlacchi, 40, and Costantino Fausto Virgilio, 35, were arrested in Italy’s northern business capital of Milan, police sources said.
Morlacchi is the son of Piero Morlacchi, one of the original leaders of the Red Brigades, which killed more than 70 people in a bid to inspire a communist revolution in Italy and force its withdrawal from Nato.
The arrests, ordered by antiterrorist investigators in Rome, followed the detention in June of four people and the seizure of weapons including three pistols, some sub-machineguns and a hand grenade.
The interior ministry warned at that time the group was trying to revive the “armed struggle in Italy”.
The Red Brigades’ most notorious act was the 1978 kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, a former Christian Democrat prime minister.
The group was gradually dismantled by investigators during the 1980s, with the help of information from arrested members.
A new generation of the Red Brigades emerged in 1999 with the assassination of a political adviser to the then prime minister, Massimo D’Alema, and it has since carried out two more attacks.
Red Brigades co-founder’s son arrested
Published: Jan. 19, 2010 at 8:15 AM
ROME, Jan. 19 (UPI) — Italian police said Tuesday they have arrested the son of one of the founders of a 1970s leftist militant group for trying to revive it.
Authorities said Manolo Morlacchi, 39, the son of the late Red Brigades co-founder Pierino Morlacchi, was arrested along with Costantino Virgilio, 34, while in possession of computer files described as a “computer manual for revolutionaries,” the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Pierino Morlacchi co-founded the first Red Brigades “cell” in 1972 with Renato Curcio, who was the group’s leader during its early years. Manolo Morlacchi’s East German mother was also a Red Brigades member and, like his father, was in and out of jail for much of his childhood, the news agency said.
Authorities said documents seized from Manolo Morlacchi and Virgilio instructed users on how to encrypt documents and cover their tracks on the Internet.
ANSA said Morlacchi is a prominent figure in leftist radical circles in Milan, coming to widespread attention with the 2007 publication of his memoirs, “Fleeing Forward,” about his upbringing in the militant leftist family.