Crime and Court news / Foreign relations / History of Italy

The Battisti case

The Seventies and the Eighties were years of political violence in Italy, the so called “Lead Years”.

During those decades, Cesare Battisti was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. He killed two police officers, a jeweler and a butcher.

In 1981 he escaped from jail to France and Mexico.

In 2004 he was arrested in Paris, and his case put an end to the French practice of refusing to extradite political terrorists, the so-called “Mitterand doctrine”. However, Mr Battisti escaped again and resurfaced in Brazil, where he was arrested in 2007.

In 2009, however, the Brazilian socialist Government refused to extradite Mr Battisti to Italy. Yesterday it was reported that the Brazilian Authorities could deport Mr Battisti to France or Mexico. Only France, however, is likely to extradite Mr Battisti to Italy. Moreover, his Brazilian lawyers appealed against the decision.

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