Silvia Baraldini Wins Return Home
Against The Current vol. 81

Marotti, Maria Ornella
Date Written:  1999-07-01
Publisher:  Against The Current
Year Published:  1999
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12883

On June 11 the U.S. government agreed to a longstanding Italian request to allow political prisoner Silvia Baraldini to serve the rest of her term in her native country. The move, announced by U.S. Ambassador to Italy Thomas Foglietta, appeared to be an attempt to appease Italian public opinion about the U.S. army plane that sliced a gondola cable when flying too low and too fast in the Italian Alps on February 3, 1998, killing twenty people. The pilot, Marine Captain Richard Asby, was recently acquitted by a U.S. military tribunal. In that case Italy returned the pilots involved in the Cermis tragedy and allowed them to be tried in their country of origin.

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