Brazil judge orders deportation of Italian extremist

Italian writer and former extreme-left wing militant Cesare Battisti poses at his residence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 12, 2012Brasília (AFP) – A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday ordered the deportation of Italian extremist and writer Cesare Battisti, convicted of murder in his homeland, citing legislation providing for the removal of wanted foreign nationals. The judge added that Battisti, 60, should either be deported to Mexico or France, having spent time in both countries before seeking refuge in Brazil in 2004. Tamasauskas told AFP his client would appeal, noting Brazil had previously ruled he could enjoy permanent residency. Battisti spent three years from 2004 living clandestinely in Brazil before being arrested in Rio having spent some 30 years on the run in Mexico and France, where he turned his hand to writing detective stories.

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