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President Temer signs Cesare Battisti's extradition decree

Battisti was convicted of four murders in Italy

Published in 14/12/2018 - 19:26

By Marcelo Brandão Brasília

President Michel Temer signed on Friday (14) Italian Cesare Battisti's extradition decree. The Presidential Palace confirmed the information.  Battisti was convicted to life in prison in his country. On Thursday (13), Supreme Court Justice Luiz Fux had alread determined Battisti's arrest.

Cesare Battisti was convicted in 1988 of four murders commited as a member of the group Armed Proletariats for the Communism. He first came to Brazil in 2004, and was arrested three years later. Battisti was released in Brasília in June 2011. He returned to jail in October last year, after being detained in the city of Corumbá, Mato Grosso do Sul, near Brazil's border with Bolívia.

According to the Federal Highway Police, Cesare Battisti tried to leave the country illegally, with about $ 6,395 in foreign currency. After the arrest, Battisti had his detention converted to provisional measures. Temer's decision grants Italy an eight-year long request. The Italian government requested Battisti's extradition, which was granted by Brazil's Supreme Court. However, in 2010, then president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva decided in the last day of his term that Battisti could stay in Brazil. Lula's decision was confirmed by the Supreme Court.

Translation: Mariana Branco Edition: Carolina Pimentel/Mariana Branco

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