Ex-terrorist freed early

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The Independent Online
ROME (AP) - Alberto Franceschini, one of the founders and leaders of the Red Brigades left- wing terrorist group, has been released from prison 30 years early, after 18 years in jail. His lawyer, Ambra Giovene, said yesterday that Mr Franceschini, 45, benefited from a 1987 law reducing jail terms for terrorists breaking with their past activities.

While in jail, Mr Franceschini had renounced the 'armed revolution' of the Red Brigades. 'I can't believe it,' he was quoted as saying of his early release.