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The Italian Government Says It, Will, Only Be Satisfied When Brazil Extradites Cesare Battisti

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Italian was sentenced to life imprisonment detention in Italy for four homicides.

Italy’s Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede said on Friday that the government would only be satisfied when Cesare Battisti, convicted of four murders, was extradited by Brazil.

“We welcome our requests that the Ministry of Justice has been working for some time, but we will only be satisfied when Battisti is extradited to Italy,” Bonafede wrote on Twitter.

IN BRAZIL SINCE 2004
Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Césare Battisti, who has been sentenced to life in Italy for four murders and has been in the South American country since 2004.

This court ordered an arrest warrant following a request from the Attorney General, “to avoid the risk of escape and ensure their extradition,” according to a note.

Italian Interior Minister Mateo Salvini asked in a letter to Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro his cooperation in extraditing Battisti.

“It is a prison sentence for life imprisonment that is enjoying life on the beaches of Brazil in the face of the victims. This gives me nerves! All my honor to President Jair Bolsonaro if he helps Italy to have Justice giving Battisti a future in prison” “Salvini wrote on Twitter.

WHO IS BATTISTI?
Battisti was a member of the Proletarians Armed with Communism (PAC), an arm of the Red Brigades, who in 1993 was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for several murders committed between 1977 and 1979, which he denies.

He fled to France, and in 2004, when the country was about to revoke his status as a political refugee, he traveled to Brazil, where he remained in hiding for three years.

His escape ended in Rio de Janeiro in March 2007, when he was arrested in a joint operation of agents from Brazil, Italy, and France.

The STF authorized his extradition in 2009 in a non-binding decision, which left the final decision in the hands of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who rejected it on December 31, 2010, the last day of his term.

In April of this year, the court closed the last complaint against Battisti, who during his stay in Brazil, after Lula da Silva’s decision, was the subject of two lawsuits: one about capital flight initiated when he attempted to cross the Brazilian border with Bolivia in October 2017 with 25,000 reais (about 5,600 euros) and another started in April last year for having declared a false address in a public document.