French police have arrested six former members of the Red Brigades and one Lotta Continua founder who were living in the country for several years under de facto asylum.
The seven fugitives were convicted of murder and kidnapping decades ago in Italy, but escaped to France before their prison sentences.
French police are searching for three more suspects who were not at home during the arrest.
Italian authorities have issued warrants for the fugitives for “acts of terrorism” which was set to expire between December 2021 and 2023.
Italian police said one of the arrested fugitives was Giorgio Pietrostefani, a co-founder of the Lotta Continua group who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in the 1972 murder of Milan police commissioner Luigi Calabresi.
The six Red Brigade fugitives also included Marina Petrella, Roberta Cappelli, and Sergio Tornaghi, who were sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in murders and kidnappings in Italy during the 1970s and 1980s.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that a local court will decide whether the fugitives will be extradited to Italy.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi applauded the French operation and said that “the memory of those barbaric acts is alive in the Italian conscience.”
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