According to the Brazilian government, former Italian militant Cesare Battisti was arrested in Bolivia on the night of Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 January.
He had been on the run since December. Former Italian far left activist Cesare Battisti was captured in Bolivia, an adviser to the Brazilian president announced on Sunday (January 13th).
"The Italian terrorist Cesare Battisti was arrested in Bolivia tonight (Saturday to Sunday) and will be brought back to Brazil shortly, from where he will probably be sent to Italy to serve his sentence in perpetuity, in accordance with the decision of Italian justice, "Filipe G. Martins, special adviser to the new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for foreign affairs, tweeted.
Major Brazilian media reported that Battisti was intercepted in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, citing sources from the Brazilian Federal Police.
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"Battisti is detained! Democracy is stronger than terrorism," Antonio Bernardini, Italy's ambassador to Brazil, tweeted.
The son of the new Brazilian president, MP Eduardo Bolsonaro, has meanwhile written on the same social network, in Italian with a picture of Battisti: "Brazil is no longer a land of bandits." Matteo Salvini (Minister of Italian interior, ed), the 'little gift' will arrive ".
Former Brazilian President Michel Temer had signed in mid-December the act of extradition claimed for years by Italy, where he was sentenced in absentia in 1993 to life imprisonment for four homicides and complicity in murders in Italy. the 70's.
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A former militant of a far-left group classified as a terrorist by Italian justice, the Armed Proletarians for Communism, Battisti claims to be innocent of these murders and has lived in exile in Brazil since 2004, having spent nearly 15 years in France .
After a stay in prison and a lengthy judicial process to extradite him, leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) decided in 2010 not to deliver the fugitive to Italy.
Jair Bolsonaro, far-right president who took office on 1 January, reiterated in December his intention to extradite the former activist, saying on Twitter that the Italian government could "rely" on him to send him back to his country of origin.