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Giuseppe Valerio "Giusva" Fioravanti (born 28 March 1958) is an Italian former terrorist, who, with Francesca Mambro, was a leading figure in a far right terrorist group Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari ("Armed Revolutionary Nuclei" or NAR). Fioravanti appeared in films and television from a young age, and in his early teens was the most famous child star in Italy.
His father was a television presenter. As a child actor, Fioravanti starred in a popular series of the 1960s, "La famiglia Benvenuti, with Enrico Maria Salerno and Valeria Valeri playing his parents roles.
His debut appearance was in a Spaghetti Western Cjamango (1967) at the age of nine. His last role was in 1975 in Grazie... Nonna (Thank You Grandma) about a boy who loses his virginity.
Fioravanti's younger brother Cristiano had joined a far right youth section at the age of 13, and acquired a reputation for relishing violent confrontations with leftists. According to Fioravanti, his original motivation for associating with far right militants was not political, but a desire to protect his brother. Fioravanti's parents tried get him away from the escalating violence by sending him to study in the US for a year, he returned to make his last film Grazie... Nonna, which was released in 1975. In early 1977 he was charged with assault and given 40 days for possession of a pistol. Fioravanti abandoned university studies to join a paratroop unit of the Italian army; he was repeatedly punished for disciplinary infractions. After a crate of hand grenades was stolen while he was on guard duty, Fioravanti was court martialed for leaving his post and sentenced to several months in a military prison.
He and Mambro became fugitives wanted for terrorist offences by their early twenties, they spent a further period on the run while wanted for the Bologna bombing. Both were captured after gunfights with police. Although Fioravanti, Mambro and a third NAR member were convicted of the bombing, there were those who thought that a higher level of the conspiracy was never uncovered. Fioravanti and Mambro admit carrying out terrorist murders, but have always denied any involvement in the Bologna station bomb.
Since 1981 he has been in the Rebibbia jail in Rome, inprisoned for life for the Bologna station bomb murders.