Paris court rejects Italy’s extradition request for ex-Red Brigade members, former terrorists
A court in Paris on Wednesday ruled against extradition to Italy of 10 former left-wing militants, including some former members of the Red Brigades, who had been convicted of domestic terrorist offenses in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Italian citizens have lived in freedom in France for decades after fleeing Italy before they could be locked up to serve their sentences.
The crimes for which they were convicted include the murder of a paramilitary general from Carabinieri in 1980 and the kidnapping of a judge the same year.
All 10, only a few of whom had links to the deadly Red Brigades group, have been under French judicial scrutiny for the past 14 months as judges deliberated on Italy’s extradition request following the activists’ arrests and police questioning a year ago.
The Paris court of appeals said in a statement that it rejected Italy’s extradition request for each member of the group of 10 men and women, but did not explain the reasoning.
The ruling on Wednesday can still be appealed to the highest court in France.
The Italian Ministry of Justice said in a statement that it respects French judicial process as they await the review of the decision of the Prosecutor General of Paris, who is the only one authorized to appeal the court’s decision. to refuse the extradition of each of the 10 convicts. militants.
“I am waiting for the reasons behind the ruling that denies all renditions indiscriminately,” said Italian Justice Minister Marta Cartabia.
“This is a long-awaited statement for the victims and the entire country, which concerns a dramatic and still painful page in our history,” Cartabia said.
The French presidency said it will not comment on the court’s ruling.
The reluctance of French authorities to detain convicted Italian former left-wing militants living in France has long been a thorny point between Paris and Rome.
Italy has requested the extradition of about 200 convicted former militants alleged to have been in France over the years.
Italy’s far-left Red Brigades group killed about 50 people in a terror campaign in the 1970s and 1980s.