Paris court orders extradition of Italianwanted for 70s terror murders

30th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - The Paris appeals court on Wednesday ruled in favour of extraditing Italian ex-revolutionary Cesare Battisti, sentenced to life in prison in his home country for four murders in the 1970s.

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - The Paris appeals court on Wednesday ruled in favour of extraditing Italian ex-revolutionary Cesare Battisti, sentenced to life in prison in his home country for four murders in the 1970s.

Battisti, 49, was convicted in absentia by a court in Milan in 1993 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.

He has lived in France since 1990, when he benefitted from a policy of Socialist president Francois Mitterrand under which Italian left-wing militants could stay in France if they renounced their extremist past.

Battisti has denied any involvement in the murders and says he abandoned his extremist past long ago.

French Justice Minister Dominique Perben has said that he would ask Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin to sign a decree authorizing Battisti's extradition if the Paris court ruled in favour of the move.

Battisti's legal team has indicated that it will take the case to France's highest court of appeals, the Cour de Cassation, if Battisti is ordered extradited.

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