Italy on Thursday marked the 41st anniversary of the discovery of Christian Democrat statesman Aldo Moro and Sicilian anti-mafia DJ Peppino Impastato’s bodies in Rome and Sicily.
President Sergio Mattarella laid a wreath in Via Caetani, where Moro’s bullet-riddled body was found in the trunk of a car after his assassination by Red Brigades (BR) terrorists.
In 1978, members of the Red Brigades, a left-wing paramilitary group that terrorised Italy in the so-called “Year of Lead,” blocked the path of his car travelling along Rome’s Via Fani, killing his entourage of five and kidnapping Moro himself. Moro was killed after 55 days in captivity by the BR.
Moro was one of Italy’s longest serving post-war Prime Ministers, with stints at the helm of the nation from 1963 to 1968 and from 1974 to 1976.
He is chiefly remembered in Italy as the instigator of the accord between his party, the Christian Democrats, and the Italian Communist Party, known as the “Historic Compromise.”
Impastato was killed after a radio campaign in which he ridiculed Cosa Nostra boss Gaetano Badalamenti in their native town of Cinisi near Palermo.
Senator Pietro Grasso, the former national anti-mafia prosecutor, said Impastato’s story was “one of courage that inspires the young”.
Via Rai News