Ital­ian con­vict-au­thor cap­tured

The Herald (South Africa) - - World -

Con­victed as a mur­derer for blood­shed in the 1970s, for­mer left­wing Ital­ian ac­tivist Ce­sare Bat­tisti, who was caught in Bo­livia, has spent al­most four decades on the run, de­tail­ing his ex­pe­ri­ences in a string of ac­claimed thrillers.

His cap­ture at the week­end was the lat­est twist in a near 40-year le­gal and diplo­matic saga wor­thy of the kind of au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel the 64year-old made his spe­cial­ity.

Con­victed in ab­sen­tia to life be­hind bars by an Ital­ian court, he has spent years on the road, trav­el­ling from Mex­ico to France and Brazil, de­spite reg­u­lar threats of ex­tra­di­tion.

Bat­tisti was con­victed by an Ital­ian court in 1993 and sen­tenced to life for in­volve­ment in four mur­ders in the 1970s when he was a left­wing ac­tivist. He de­nies re­spon­si­bil­ity for any deaths. –

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