Killer’s celebrity life on the run ends
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.