FUGITIVE FOUND IN BOLIVIA SET FOR RETURN
ROME Italy sent an aircraft to Bolivia on Sunday to pick up fugitive left-wing militant Cesare Battisti, pictured, after he was captured there nearly three decades after being convicted of murder in his home country. The development sets the stage for a climactic end to one of Italy’s longest-running efforts to bring a fugitive to justice.
Bolivian police, working with Italian agents on the ground, arrested Battisti, 64, overnight in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Italian police said. He had been living in Brazil for years, but last month Brazil’s outgoing president signed a decree ordering his extradition, sparking Battisti’s latest flight.
“Cesare Battisti’s long flight is over,” Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede declared.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called Battisti a “delinquent who doesn’t deserve to live comfortably on the beach but rather to finish his days in prison.”
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 is facing a life term.