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Court Convicts Seven, Acquits Two In Train Bombing

February 25, 1989

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) _ A court on Saturday convicted seven people, including five organized crime figures, in a 1984 train bombing that killed 16 Christmas travelers and wounded more than 200.

A panel of judges acquitted two people after ruling there was insufficient evidence to tie them to the Dec. 23, 1984 bombing of an express train as it passend through a tunnel between Florence and Bologna.

Five of the defendants were sentenced to life in prison, including Giuseppe ″Pippo″ Calo, an alleged Sicilian Mafia crime figure.

Prosecutors said right-wing terrorists conspired with the Mafia and the Camorra, its Naples-based counterpart, to carry out the bombing.

The prosecution alleged that organized crime figures wanted to use the bombing to distract authorities investigating the mob, the prosecutors said.

Also sentenced to life in prison were alleged Calo associate Guido Cercola, reputed underworld boss Giuseppe Misso and two of his alleged lieutenants, Alfonso Galeota and Giulio Pirozzi.

Franco Agostino, who was accused of being linked to Calo in the bombing, was sentenced to 28 years. Friedrich Schaudinn of West Germany, charged with supplying the timing device used to detonate the bomb, was sentenced to 25 years.

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