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Brazilian police question former communist militant Battisti

October 04, 2017 - 12:54 PM

SAO PAULO - Brazilian federal police are questioning former communist militant Cesare Battisti, who is considered a fugitive in his native Italy.

Battisti escaped from Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. He was convicted in absentia in 1990. He has acknowledged membership in the group but denies killing anyone.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rejected Italy's extradition request in 2010 and granted Battisti asylum.

The press office of the federal police confirmed that Battisti was taken in for questioning near the Bolivian border on Wednesday. But it would not say whether there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Brazilian media have reported that Italy is renewing its extradition request.

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