After his arrest in the Bolivian Santa Cruz, the former Italian left terrorist Cesare Battisti should be extradited to his homeland.

“Cesare Battisti will return in the next few hours to Italy. The flight from Santa Cruz to Rome,” wrote the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday on Facebook. Battisti will probably arrive on Monday at 12.30 PM in Rome at Ciampino airport, wrote to the Minister of the interior Matteo Salvini on Twitter.

Shortly before that Battisti had gone to the investigators in Bolivia and into the net. The now 64-Year-old was decades on the run after he was convicted by an Italian court in absentia for murder to life imprisonment. He was involved as a member of the group “Armed proletarians for communism” in the late 1970s, of four murders in his homeland. Battisti acknowledges, to be a member of the group that denies his involvement in the murders.

finally, the man lived in Brazil. There has turned with the election of the right-wing populists Bolsonaro of the Wind last, however. Already in December, the Brazilian judiciary issued an arrest warrant against Battisti. Shortly thereafter, is said to have Battisti sold to Bolivia. The Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera” reported, a special team of Interpol and Italian agents had tracked him down in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.

“Brazil is no country for bandits,” wrote Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of the ultra-right Brazilian President, on Twitter. “You can’t fight terrorism as a normal crime.”

Under the socialist President François Mitterrand Battisti in the 1990s had taken refuge in France before the Italian justice found, and an existence built as a writer. As the then conservative Minister of the interior and later President Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to turn him in 2004 in Italy, fled Battisti in Brazil. The left-wing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declined in 2010, an extradition request from Italy.

“Matteo Salvini, the “small gift” is on the way,” wrote Eduardo Bolsonaro, now on Twitter to the Italian Minister of the interior. Salvini thanked him for his part on Facebook: “Battisti, a Criminal who deserves not a comfortable life on the beach, but his last days in prison, should spend.”

Battisti was not part of the prominent personalities of the so-called years of Lead, between the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1980s, when left – and right-wing terrorists in Italy, a whole series of attacks perpetrated. Hundreds of people were killed.

His life style, his new career as a writer, and his refusal to face the justice, had to be created in Italy recently, however, for displeasure. “Our prisons are here waiting for him,” wrote Conte on Facebook.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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