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Brazilian Judge Orders Arrest of Italian Fugitive Cesare Battisti

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justice (STF) Luiz Fux ordered on Thursday the immediate arrest of Italian national, Cesare Battisti, sentenced to life in prison in Italy and living in Brazil since 2004. The Battisti extradition is seen as certain by political analysts when president-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes over on January 1st.

The decision makes it easier for the new administration to extradite Battisti to his home country. Last month, Bolsonaro said he would do everything legally in his power to extradite Battisti.

"Anything that is legal, on my part . . .

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