France to rule October 13 on extraditionof fugitive Italian terrorist

29th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 29 (AFP) - France's highest appeals court, the Cour de Cassation, said Wednesday it would rule on October 13 on the extradition of fugitive Italian ex-revolutionary Cesare Battisti, who faces jail for murder.

PARIS, Sept 29 (AFP) - France's highest appeals court, the Cour de Cassation, said Wednesday it would rule on October 13 on the extradition of fugitive Italian ex-revolutionary Cesare Battisti, who faces jail for murder.  

The former left-wing extremist, who has been on the run for more than a month since failing to check in with French police, had asked the high appeals court to overturn a lower court decision in favour of his extradition to Italy.  

State prosecutor Jacques Mouton asked the Cour de Cassation to reject Battisti's request, saying his flight over the summer was positive proof that his defence was weak.  

If the Cour de Cassation rejects Battisti's appeal, it will be up to Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin to sign an extradition order.  

The former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism fled to France in 1990, benefiting from a policy of then Socialist president Francois Mitterrand under which Italian left-wing extremists could stay in France if they renounced their extremist past.  

Three years later Battisti was convicted in absentia by a court in Milan for carrying out or planning four murders in 1978 and 1979, including the killing of a prison guard in the town of Udine and of a policeman in Milan.  

Battisti, who worked as a caretaker in a Paris apartment building and has also earned a name as a successful crime writer, said in a letter made public in August that he had not left France, but his whereabouts remain unknown.  

The Paris appeals court issued a warrant for his arrest on August 30.

 

© AFP

 

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