Leftist killer faces justice after 30 years on the run
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.