Fugitive ex-militant Battisti arrives in Italy from Bolivia

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Fugitive Cesare Battisti, center, wanted in Rome for four murders attributed to a far-left group in the 1970s, is escorted by Italian officers as he steps off a plane coming from Bolivia. (AFP)
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Italian militant Cesare Battisti sits aboard a chartered plane prior to take off from Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. (Polizia Di Stato/AFP)
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The plane carrying Italian militant Cesare Battisti sits on the tarmac in Santa Cruz, Bolivia prior to departure for Rome in Italy. (AFP)
Updated 14 January 2019

Fugitive ex-militant Battisti arrives in Italy from Bolivia

  • Italy had repeatedly sought the extradition of the activist, who lived in Brazil for years
  • The 64-year-old smiled grimly as he was escorted off the plane by a dozen policemen

ROME: Former communist militant Cesare Battisti, wanted in Italy for four murders in the 1970s, arrived in Rome Monday after an international police squad tracked him down and arrested him in Bolivia.

An Italian-flagged Falcon 900 plane carrying Battisti, who spent nearly four decades on the run, touched down under rainy skies at Ciampino airport, where far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was waiting to escort him to prison.

The 64-year-old, who was not wearing handcuffs, smiled grimly as he was escorted off the plane by a dozen policemen.

He was expected to be taken Rome’s Rebibbia jail, where according to media reports he will begin life behind bars with six months solitary confinement.

Jailed in 1979 for belonging to an armed revolutionary group outlawed in Italy, Battisti escaped from prison two years later, and has spent nearly four decades on the run.

He was seized late Saturday in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in an operation carried out by a joint team of Italian and Bolivian officers.

The ex-militant was given a life sentence for having killed two Italian policemen, taking part in the murder of a butcher and helping plan the slaying of a jeweler who died in a shootout that left his teenage son in a wheelchair.


Tear gas fired as Hong Kong riot police, protesters clash

Updated 24 August 2019

Tear gas fired as Hong Kong riot police, protesters clash

  • The demonstrators retaliated with a barrage of bottles and bamboo poles
  • Tear gas and pepper spray was fired to disperse protesters

HONG KONG: Riot police and protesters clashed Saturday afternoon as a stand-off outside a police station descended into violence.
Officers charged with batons out, detaining at least one protester.
The demonstrators retaliated with a barrage of bottles and bamboo poles, as tear gas and pepper spray was fired to disperse them.