Left­ist killer faces jus­tice after 30 years on the run

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

A left­ist Ital­ian mil­i­tant con­victed of mur­der in his home coun­try nearly 30 years ago has been ar­rested in Bo­livia after decades on the run.

Ce­sare Bat­tisti (pic­tured) is now on his way back to Italy to serve a life sen­tence. He was cap­tured by Bo­li­vian and Ital­ian of­fi­cers in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, where he was lo­cated by in­tel­li­gence agents after us­ing one of his mo­bile de­vices.

The 64-year-old had lived openly in Brazil for years, en­joy­ing the pro­tec­tion of left­wing gov­ern­ments. But Brazil’s out­go­ing pres­i­dent signed a de­cree last month or­der­ing his ex­tra­di­tion, ap­par­ently spark­ing Bat­tisti’s lat­est ef­fort to flee. “Ce­sare Bat­tisti’s long flight is over,” Ital­ian Jus­tice Min­is­ter Al­fonso Buon­afede said. Bat­tisti es­caped from an Ital­ian prison in 1981 while await­ing trial on four counts of mur­der al­legedly com­mit­ted when he was a mem­ber of the Armed Pro­le­tar­i­ans for Com­mu­nism. He was con­victed in ab­sen­tia in 1990 and faces a life term for the deaths of two po­lice of­fi­cers, a jew­eller and a butcher.

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