Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Malawi: HIV-infected man paid to have sex with girls arrested

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

Meet Omar, the 10-year-old chef who became a social media star

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Gigantic snails are a delicacy in Ivory Coast

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

La vie en gris: The story behind France's famed rooftops

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Olympic refugee team goes for gold

Read more

FOCUS

Taiwan's nuclear dumping ground

Read more

ENCORE!

Greece: Creativity in a time of crisis

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French growth grinds to a halt over strikes

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Norway will 'move mountains' for Nordic neighbour Finland

Read more

Americas Americas Europe

Brazil gives refuge to Italian fugitive Battisti

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-01-14

Italian left-wing activist Cesare Battisti has been offered refugee status in Brazil, where he has been avoiding extradition to Italy since 2004. Battisti had previously been granted asylum in France between 1981 and 2004.

Brazilian Justice Minister Tarso Genro has given political refugee status to Italian left-wing activist Cesare Battisti. Italy had previously demanded his extradition, where he was accused for four murders.

 

The ministry of justice issued a statement saying that its grounds for granting asylum were "fear of persecution" for his political views in his home country.

 

Battisti, who denies involvement in the four murders of which he stands accused, has been on the run since August 2004. He had found refuge in France in 1981 under the then Socialist president, François Mitterand, but this was overturned in October 2004.

 

He then sought asylum in Brazil, where he was arrested in 2007 for the crimes allegedly carried out in Italy.

Date created : 2009-01-14

COMMENT(S)