Friday, June 10, 2011

Italy calls its ambassador in Brazil for the case Battisti

ROME, 10 Jun. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in a statement that called consultations "temporarily" to the Italian ambassador in Brazil, Gherardo La Francesca, after the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court released the Italian terrorist Cesare Battisti Wednesday. The Brazilian Supreme confirmed Wednesday the decision of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's refusal to extradite to Italy Battisti, as requested on numerous occasions the Italian Government.

The Foreign Minister explained that consultation has called Ambassador La Francesca with the objective of "further legal technical aspects together on the implementation of existing bilateral agreements" and the possibility "of appealing to the international judicial branches." Frattini said Thursday it would appeal the decision of the Brazilian Court before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

For its part, Battisti has asked the Brazilian authorities a permanent residence permit, a request must be reviewed by the National Immigration Council on 22 June, according to the newspaper 'La Stampa'. The former terrorist was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1993 in Italy for the murder of four people in the late 1970's, a period known as the "Years of Lead", during which Battisti was part of a group called the Armed Proletarian for Communism.

Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 and lived in France for years, but fled when the French government approved his extradition in 2006. He was arrested while trying to enter Brazil.

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