Italy sends plane to extradite fugitive former militant Cesare Battisti after arrest in Bolivia

Italy sends plane to extradite fugitive former militant Cesare Battisti after arrest in Bolivia

Cesare Battisti, the Italian militant who spent decades on the run after being convicted of four murders in the 1970s, has been captured in Bolivia and will be extradited to Italy, authorities in Brazil and Italy said on Sunday.

“Italian terrorist Cesare Battisti was detained in Bolivia and will be soon brought to Brazil, from where he will probably be sent to Italy to serve a life sentence,” tweeted Filipe G. Martins, a senior aide on international affairs to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, said on Sunday that the government had already dispatched a plane to Latin America to bring Battisti back to Italy.

Battisti, a founding member of far-left Italian radical group Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted in absentia in 1993 of four political killings committed in the 1970s and sentenced to life in prison.

The 64-year-old has always maintained his innocence.

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