The order to arrest the Italian Cesare Battiti, 64, determined by Minister Luiz Fux of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), completes this Friday (21/12) a week. Pretty much the same time he’s outlawed. The Federal Police released 20 simulations of disguises that he may have adopted.
The name of Battisti was included in the so-called Interpol red broadcast, in the effort to be detained in any country. He has been on the run since last December 14, when President Michel Temer signed his extradition. The Federal Police make searches to capture him.
Condemned to life imprisonment in Italy, Battisti was sentenced for the murder of four people in the 1970s, when he was part of the Proletarians Armed with Communism, an arm of the Red Brigades. He calls himself innocent. For the Brazilian authorities, he is considered a terrorist.
In Brazil since 2004, the Italian was arrested three years later. The Italian government has requested his extradition, accepted by the STF. However, on the last day of his term in December 2010, then President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva decided that Battisti should stay in Brazil, and the act was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Recently the extradition of Battisti was reconsidered. In November, after news of the possibility of confirming extradition in the future government, Battisti reaffirmed that he trusts in the democratic institutions of Brazil and denied that he intends to flee Sao Paulo, where he lives.
In October last year, the Italian was arrested in the city of Corumbá, in Mato Grosso do Sul, near the Brazilian border with Bolivia. According to the Federal Highway Police (PRF), he tried to leave the country with about R $ 25 thousand in foreign currency. Values in excess of R $ 10,000 must be declared to the competent authorities, under penalty of being a crime of evasion of foreign exchange. After his arrest, Battisti was detained for precautionary measures.
With a long history of escape, Battisti lived discreetly in Cananeia, on the coast of São Paulo, in the house of friends. But he spent about 30 years as a fugitive between Mexico and France and, in 2004, came to Brazil, where he remained hidden for three years, until being detained in 2007.
In 2009, the STF authorized extradition in a non-binding decision that gave the final word to the then President Lula, who rejected it in 2010, on the last day of the second term.
In November, Attorney General Raquel Dodge asked the Supreme Court to give priority to the trial of the possible extradition of Battisti. For the prosecutor, the arrest was necessary to avoid the risk of Battisti’s escape and to ensure extradition.
Raquel Dodge also maintained that the decision of former President Lula could be reviewed. In the opinion of the prosecutor, the surrender of foreigners is the exclusive and discretionary task of the President of the Republic and can not be interfered with by the Judiciary.