The Italian Cesare Battisti was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 2nd, in Bolivia, according to the newspaper Estado de S. Paulo. The STF (Supreme Court) had issued an arrest warrant in December, but the Italian was not found. The decision complies with a request from the Italian government for the extradition of Battisti, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Filipe Martins of the International Office of the Presidency published a message on Twitter confirming the information that the Italian was arrested and could be extradited to Italy after being brought to Brazil.
According to the newspaper Corriere della Sera, Battisti was in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He was walking when he was stopped by a team of Italian Interpol investigators. The news also says that he was alone and did not offer resistance. The Italian wore blue pants and a blouse and wore dark glasses.
Cesare Battisti, 63, was sentenced in Italy for homicide and lived in Sao Paulo. A former member of the Proletarians Armed with Communism, an arm of the Red Brigades, he was sentenced to life in Italy for four homicides in the 1970s, of which he pleads not guilty.
He spent 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 Brazilian Supreme Court 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 and the act was confirmed by the Supreme Court.
The president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, said he intends to extradite the Italian.