Adriano Sofri

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Adriano Sofri (Trieste, 1 August 1942) is an Italian intellectual, a journalist and a writer.Former leader of the autonomist movement Lotta Continua ("Continuous Struggle"') in the 1960s, he was arrested in 1988 and convicted to 22 years of prison, having been found guilty of being the instigator of the murder of Luigi Calabresi, a police officer, gold medal of Italian Republic for civil valour. Sofri, and the others comrades convicted with him, have always proclaimed their innocence. However, recently in an interview Sofri has admitted a moral culpability in the homicide.Adriano Sofri, Sofri: le mie colpe su Calabresi, Corriere della Sera, pg. 19, January 9, 2009 The charges against them rested on the testimony of a pentito ("collaborator of justice"), Leonardo Marino. In prison, Sofri writes in various newspapers, such as Il Foglio, La Repubblica and even Panorama.

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On 28 July 1988, he was arrested with Ovidio Bompressi and Giorgio Pietrostefani for the murder of police officer Luigi Calabresi on 17 May 1972. The charges against them were based on testimony provided by Leonardo Marino, an ex-activist who self-accused himself, sixteen years later, of having taken part to the assassination of Calabresi. Marino confessed that the assassination had been decided by the leaders of Lotta Continua, Sofri and Pietrostefani, who put him and another militant, Ovidio Bompressi, in charge of the execution....
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