A left-wing Italian guerrilla who was sentenced to murder in his homeland almost thirty years ago has been arrested.
Cesare Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 awaiting the trial of four murders, allegedly committed when he was a member of the armed proletarians for communism.
But Battisti's time on the run was last Sunday when he was arrested in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia – after the new Brazilian president Bolsonaro had sworn that he would appear for justice.
Battisti is depicted on a plnae, rented by the Italian government shortly before he left Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia
In video footage released by the Italian police, Battisti runs in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Hours later he was handed over to the Italian authorities and he left in an airplane and took him back to Italy to serve a life sentence.
He was captured by Bolivian and Italian officers, Italian police said.
Italian officials said on Sunday that Battisti will serve a full term of his life imprisonment.
The Italian police have released a video of Battisti that has been said to have been taken hours before his capture.
It is the images he happens to see walking through a street in jeans, a blue T-shirt and sunglasses.
The police also released a picture of Battisti's mugshot under the seal of the Bolivian police.
"The long flight of Cesare Battisti is over", said Minister Alfonso Buonafede, who added that he would be transferred to Rome & # 39; s Rebibbia prison as soon as he would land in Italy. & # 39;
Battisti & # 39; was through intelligence services after using one of his cell phones.
Battisti, 64, lived openly in Brazil for years – and enjoyed the protection of left-wing governments on both sides of the Atlantic.
This photo has been released by the police and shows 20 different photo snaps from Cesare Battisti
But the outgoing president of Brazil, Michel Temer, signed a decree last month ordering his extradition, apparently the last attempt by Battisti to flee.
He was convicted in his absence in 1990 and is confronted with a life course for the death of two police officers, a jeweler and a butcher.
He accepted membership of the group, but refused to kill someone and painted himself as a political refugee.
After fleeing to Mexico, he went to France, where he joined dozens of left-wing Italian militants who enjoyed official protection from the French government.
Like Battisti, they fled from Italy during the & # 39; years of leadership & # 39; of that nation, a bloody and turbulent era in the 1970s and 1980s when militants carried out left and right bombings, killings and other violent actions to try and bring down the Italian government.
After the political situation changed in France, Battisti fled to Brazil in 2004 to prevent him from being extradited.
He was arrested in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, prompting the Italian government to request that he be transferred.
But then the Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva granted him asylum in 2010.
Italian police released an image of Battisti & # 39; s mugshot under the seal of the Bolivian police
Battisti was eventually released from prison, but was arrested again in 2017 after being caught when he tried to cross the border between Brazil and Bolivia with the equivalent of about $ 7,500 in black money.
Despite his arrest, he was released after a few days.
As a result of that incident, the Brazilian Supreme Court Luiz Fux said in December that Interpol had filed a request to arrest Battisti on tax evasion and money laundering.
This led Fux to issue an arrest warrant and The departing Brazilian president Michel Temer signed a decree that ordered the extradition of the fugitive.
The new right-wing president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, praised the arrest of Battisti and condemned the government of the Silva for the granting of the Italian asylum.
"At last, there will be justice for the Italian assassin and partner of ideas of one of the most corrupt governments ever to exist", tweette Bolsonaro in a reference to da Silva's Workers' Party.
Bolivia's public defender, David Tezanos, said that Battisti had applied for asylum in Bolivia on December 21, but he had received no response from the left-wing government of President Evo Morales.
Tezanos said that Battisti's rights were violated by his hasty expulsion.
In the photo, the plane with the Italian militant Cesare Battisti, wanted in Rome for four murders attributed to an extreme leftist group in the 1970s
The foreign and judicial ministries of Brazil said in a joint statement that Battisti & Bolivia will send directly to Italy to serve his life imprisonment & # 39;
According to Brazilian law, people who are being delivered to serve for life must normally have their penalties set at 30 years.
Bu was rejected by Italian officials on Sunday, who insisted that Battisti serve his full term.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini praised the Bolivian police and the new government of Brazil to go through the case of the fugitive.
He called Battisti a "delinquent who does not deserve to live comfortably on the beach, but rather to finish his days in prison."
Italian President Sergio Mattarella said that Battisti would have to be sent back to Italy to undergo his sentence for the serious crimes that prevented Italy & # 39 ;, and, let this be the same for all fugitives in Italy abroad & # 39 ;.