Parliament to open new probe into Moro killing
Inquiry to take 18 months17 October, 17:58
Moro, a leading member of once dominant but now defunct Christian Democrat (DC) party, was captured on March 16, 1978, when the left-wing red brigades terrorist group blocked his two-car convoy on its way to a House session to take part in a historic confidence vote for a new government led by another DC man, Giulio Andreotti. The then DC-led government was to receive for the first time support of the Communist Party - the negotiations for which constituted the first step in Moro's strategic political vision known as the Historic Compromise.
“This should create the final word on the historic truth in relation to the kidnapping and murder of Moro, a case that “at a distance of 35 years is still full of mystery and enigmas,” according to the committee.
The probe is to cost 30,000 euros per annum and the works will be completed in 18 months. The terrorists shot and killed his five bodyguards on the spot.
The kidnappers proposed to exchange Moro's life for the release of several imprisoned terrorists, but the Italian government refused to negotiate. After two months of the kidnapping, Moro was found dead in a car in central Rome.