Walter Reder released

The government led by the socialist Bettino Craxi, ordered the release of Walter Reder (convicted in 1951 for the massacre of Marzabotto-Monte Sole and on parole from 1980 by decision of the Military Court of Bari, although in a state of preventive detention). The decision of the Italian government (which hastily ordered Reder’s return to Austria by military plane) sparked controversy and anger among the families of the victims of the massacres. Reder is greeted by Defense Minister Friedhelm Frischenschagler, sparking worldwide indignation.