Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrested in Bolivia
FILE PHOTO: Italian former leftist guerrilla Cesare Battisti leaves the headquarters of Federal Police in Sao Paulo March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo
MILAN (Reuters) – Italian former leftist guerrilla Cesare Battisti, convicted of homicide in his house nation, has been arrested in Bolivia and shall be extradited to Italy, a Brazilian reputable stated.
“He will soon arrive in Brazil and from here will be transferred to Italy to serve a life sentence,” Filipe G. Martins, a senior aide on world affairs to President Jair Bolsonaro, tweeted.
Battisti, lengthy sought through Italy, faces existence in jail in his house nation, the place he was once convicted of 4 murders dedicated in the 1970s.
He escaped from jail in 1981 and lived in France prior to fleeing to Brazil to keep away from being extradited.
He spent years in Brazil as a refugee, subsidized through former left-wing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. However, Bolsonaro, who took place of business on 1 January, pledged to ship him again to Italy and a Brazilian Supreme Court pass judgement on ordered his arrest in December.
In a commentary on Sunday, Italian deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini thanked the police and all the ones concerned in the seize of Battisti.
“I thank with all my heart the president Jair Bolsonaro and the new Brazilian government for the changed political climate,” he stated.
The Italian ambassador in Brazil Antonio Bernardini tweeted “Battisti has been captured! Democracy is stronger than terrorism”.
Reporting through Stephen Jewkes; Editing through Kirsten Donovan