Ital­ian mil­i­tant caught decades after flee­ing mur­der con­vic­tion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - WEATHER -

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 Sun­day, set­ting the stage for a cli­mac­tic end to Italy’s long ef­fort to bring a fugi­tive to jus­tice.

The Ital­ian gov­ern­ment sent an air­craft to pick up Ce­sare Bat­tisti, who was cap­tured by Bo­li­vian and Ital­ian po­lice 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 been liv­ing openly in Brazil for years and en­joyed the pro­tec­tion of left-wing 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.

“Ce­sare Bat­tisti’s long flight is over,” Jus­tice Min­is­ter Al­fonso Buon­afede de­clared, adding that he would be taken to Rome’s Re­bib­bia prison.

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