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was an Italian jurist. A native of Bologna
Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. The city lies between the Po River and the Apennine Mountains, more specifically, between the Reno River and the Savena River. Bologna is a lively and cosmopolitan Italian college city, with spectacular history,...
, he was professor of labour law and industrial relations at the University of Modena.
Biagi was assassinated by members of the New Red Brigades
The Red Brigades was a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organisation, based in Italy, which was responsible for numerous violent incidents, assassinations, and robberies during the so-called "Years of Lead"...
outside his home in Bologna on March 19, 2002, due to his role as an economic advisor to Roberto Maroni
Roberto Maroni is an Italian politician from Varese. He is a member of the Northern League political movement. Since 1992 he is a Member of the Chamber of Duputies of the Italian Republic, always elected in Lombardy's districts and costituencies...
, a minister in Silvio Berlusconi
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's government. A scholarship with his name is now offered by Johns Hopkins University
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for study at their overseas campus in Bologna. A square in central Bologna is named after him.
Five terrorists of the Red Brigades were sentenced to life terms on June 1, 2005 because of this murder: Nadia Desdemona Lioce, Roberto Morandi, Marco Mezzasalma, Diana Blefari Melazzi and Simone Boccaccini.