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Sarkozy pleads pardon for Red Brigades' Petrella

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Sarkozy pleads pardon for Red Brigades' Petrella


French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he asked Italy to pardon former Red Brigades member Marina Petrella, while at the same time confirming her extradition back to Italy.

Petrella was convicted by an Italian court for murder, kidnapping and armed robbery in 1992 and sentenced to life in prison.

The Red Brigades carried out a campaign of violence in Italy in the 1970’s and 80’s, including the kidnap and murder of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978.

Before her arrest, Petrella lived as a free woman in France for years, settling down with a new partner with whom she had a child.

Sarkozy said he believed a pardon would be a humanitarian gesture in light of her physical and psychological condition, which is said to be poor.

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