Killer’s celebrity life on the run ends

The West Australian - - WORLD -

A left-wing Ital­ian mil­i­tant con­victed of mur­der three decades ago is head­ing home to serve a life sen­tence af­ter his life as a celebrity fugi­tive came to an abrupt end with his ar­rest in Bo­livia by an In­ter­pol team.

Ce­sare Bat­tisti was handed over to Ital­ian of­fi­cials on Sun­day in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, where he was found by Ital­ian agents through one of his mo­bile de­vices. Italy sent a gov­ern­ment air­craft to pick him up.

“It is done,” Ital­ian Premier Giuseppe Conte tweeted. “The plane has just taken off from Santa Cruz di­rect for Rome with Ce­sare Bat­tisti on board.”

The 64-year-old, who be­came a suc­cess­ful au­thor dur­ing his life on the run, had lived in Brazil and France for years and en­joyed the pro­tec­tion of leftwing gov­ern­ments on both sides of the At­lantic, much to the con­ster­na­tion of a suc­ces­sion of Ital­ian gov­ern­ments.

But Brazil’s out­go­ing pres­i­dent signed a de­cree last month or­der­ing his ex­tra­di­tion.

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