Tamil Diplomat

Brazil arrests fugitive Italian writer Cesare Battisti

Brazilian police have arrested fugitive Italian writer Cesare Battisti, a former communist militant convicted of murder in his home country. He was granted asylum in Brazil four years ago, but earlier this month a judge ruled that he should be deported to serve his sentence.

He will remain in jail in Sao Paulo while his lawyers appeal. Battisti, 60, says he was a member of a radical left-wing group in the 1970s, but insists he never killed anyone. If deported, Battisti would be sent either to France or Mexico, which could then extradite him to Italy. He will remain in jail until there is a final decision on his deportation. The process is expected to take months.