Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rome called its ambassador in Brasilia by the case Battisti

Italy has decided to recall its ambassador in Brasilia after Brazil's decision not to extradite or even to release the left-wing terrorist Cesare Battisti. Rome's decision was announced by the Italian Foreign Ministry. The Italian foreign minister, Franco Frattini, said that "the call for consultations with Roma" Ambassador Gherardo La Francesca is "temporary" to "deepen" what happened.

The Italian government has also threatened to take the case of Battisti the Hague Tribunal. Battisti was convicted in absentia 18 years ago to two life sentences for the murders in 1978 and 1979 of four. Last year, the then President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has refused to extradite to Italy a terrorist, despite repeated requests from Rome and the European Union.

However, the Brazilian Supreme Court insisted yesterday that Lula's decision was correct, once again denying extradition and setting free the terrorist.

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