Ital­ian fugi­tive after cap­tured 3 decades

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ROME >> A left-wing Ital­ian mil­i­tant who was con­victed of mur­der in his home coun­try nearly three decades ago was ar­rested in Bo­livia, au­thor­i­ties said, set­ting the stage for a cli­mac­tic end to one of Italy’s long­est-run­ning ef­forts to bring a fugi­tive to jus­tice.

Hours later, Ce­sare Bat­tisti was handed over to Ital­ian cus­tody, of­fi­cials said, and he left on a plane car­ry­ing him 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, Ital­ian po­lice and RAI state tele­vi­sion said.

The 64-year-old had lived openly in Brazil for years and en­joyed the pro­tec­tion of left­wing gov­ern­ments on both sides of the At­lantic. But Brazil’s out­go­ing pres­i­dent signed a de­cree last month or­der­ing his ex­tra­di­tion, ap­par­ently spark­ing Bat­tisti’s lat­est ef­fort to flee.

Ital­ian po­lice re­leased a video of Bat­tisti that they said was taken hours be­fore his cap­ture, show­ing him seem­ingly obliv­i­ous to sur­veil­lance cam­eras track­ing him.

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