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The case of Cesare Battisti
Saturday 31 January 2009
The case of Cesare Battisti, the ex-terrorist who was sentenced to life imprisonment because he was responsible for the murders of a prison police marshal, a jeweller, a butcher and a Digos agent during the 70s. On the last January 13th Brazil decided not to deliver this person to the Italian justice by stating that he could be exposed to the risk of being persecuted because of his political opinions. He was therefore awarded the status of political refugee. We think this is a really unbearable and unfair decision and for this reason Mario and the Association wrote a letter to the Ambassador of Brazil.
We are astonished by the behaviour of the government you represent here in Italy. Cesare Battisti is a well-known criminal and he was condemned by the Italian Supreme Court. Three instances of judgement found him guilty of brutal murders.
While we are going to Genova to honour the memory of Guido Rossa, who was a victim of the Brigate Rosse, Lula’s government is denying Cesare Battisti’s extradition and referring to him as a political refugee. We believe this is a ridiculous opinion.
As you live in and know well our country, we think you have the moral duty to give us an answer and lodge our protest with the President Lula whom we rooted for during his election.
Awaiting a kind reply we send our best regards.
President Association Memoria Condivisa)]
The President of the Republic
recalls that “the Italian legal system
to those condemned because of terrorism”
Il capo dello Stato
ricorda che "l’ordinamento italiano
anche ai condannati per terrorismo"