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Fugitive Italian ultra-leftist detained in Brazil

Battisti with Workers' Party ministers and members

Brazilian Federal Police arrested Italian ultra-leftist militant and writer Cesare Battisti, on Wednesday October 4th at the Brazilian-Bolivian border, said a spokesman for the Federal Highway Police, declining to give more details.

Battisti was convicted of murder in Italy and has been on the run for decades. According Globo daily’s website, Italy asked Brazil’s government last week to reconsider the decision not to extradite Battisti, which was made under former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Battisti was convicted in 1993 for his part in four murders blamed on an armed Marxist group active in Italy in the 1970s.

He spent some 30 years on the run in Mexico and France and came to Brazil in 2004, living in secret before being arrested in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. After four years in confinement, Battisti was released in 2011 and given permanent residency in Brazil.