29th July 2015 – [In April 2015] the Prosecutor in Turin started an investigation for attack with terrorist purposes and acquisition and
transport of explosive material against Silvia Guerini, Costantino Ragusa and Billy Bernasconi. The investigation was carried out by the Digos of Turin led by prosecutor Enrico Arnaldi Di Balme, who requested and obtained that the comrades be put on trial. They had already been arrested and imprisoned in Switzerland on the same charges.
Investigating judge Silvia Graziella Carosio from Turin agreed to the prosecutor’s demand and stated that the fact the comrades had already been sentenced in Switzerland was irrelevant. The first hearing will be held on 13th January 2016.
Although defence lawyers had called on the judicial principle of ‘ne bis in idem’,
according to which a person can’t go on trial twice for the same facts, they
were unable to prevent a second trial. The three comrades were arrested in Switzerland on 15th April 2010 as they were heading to Ruschlikon, in the vicinity of an IBM nanotechnology research centre. They were stopped by the Swiss police, who found quarry explosives and Earth Liberation Front leaflets in their car.
They were tried on charges of preparing an arson attack and illegally transporting and concealing explosive material and were sentenced on 22nd July 2011: Costa to 3 years and 8 months, Billy to 3 years and 6 months, Silvia to 3 years and 4 months.
Translated by act for freedom now