Aliette Guibert on Wed, 10 Mar 2004 07:40:45 +0100 (CET)

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French Court will decide on Cesare Battisti extradition April 7 : we
hope No. The question is on Freedom Rights (Right of asylum; Right on duty
of insubordination; traditionnal Amnesty after a civil war) in local and
global Europe.

For him and his countrymen refugees in France: need help to keep safe
our local law to next Europe...

specially signing on !

Respect to Battisti,

Aliette Guibert-Certhoux

Today Author of black series
Publishers, Paris:
Gallimard, Joelle Losfeld, Mille et une nuits...


Ex-terrorist writer faces extradition from France

      Jon Henley in Paris
      Tuesday February 17, 2004
      The Guardian

      A reformed Italian terrorist turned successful crime writer has been
arrested and faces extradition from France, despite a longstanding promise
that Paris would always provide a safe haven for one-time Red Brigades
      The arrest last week of Cesare Battisti, who has lived peaceably and
openly in the French capital since 1990, has prompted a storm of protest.

      "France offered judicial protection to these men and women," a
Socialist party spokesman, Julien Dray, said yesterday. "Not to respect that
promise would be unworthy of France's traditions and an insult to our

      Opponents say the government has broken a 1985 pledge by the late
Socialist president, François Mitterrand, that members of the far-left
terror cells, whose bombings and assassinations rocked Italy in the 1970s
and 1980s, would be left in peace in France provided they renounced their
past, did not go into hiding and kept out of politics.

      Some 15 to 20 former extremists took up the offer, which followed
widespread disquiet in France about the justice being dispensed at the time
by Italian courts. Decisions were often based exclusively on the evidence of
informers who had been guaranteed immunity from prosecution and full state

      "This all happened 30 years ago," Mariette Arnaud, Mr Battisti's
partner, said yesterday. "He was 17 when he got involved. What he was is
part of the past now. If we live in a state governed by law and justice, we
can't send him back to Italy now."

      Mr Battisti, 49, who has two children, aged 18 and nine, was arrested
last Tuesday by French anti-terrorist police.

      He was arrested in Italy in 1978, but escaped in 1980 and fled to
Mexico. An Italian court sentenced him in absentia to life imprisonment for
four murders, all of which he denies, and 60 robberies.

      He was arrested soon after his arrival in France in 1990, but a Paris
court refused to extradite him, partly on the grounds that two of the
murders took place on the same day and at the same time in Venice and Milan.

      His lawyer, Irene Terrel, said: "An appeal court rejected extradition
in 1991, which means France's judicial protection is absolute and must be
observed by the government."

      Soon after the 2002 election, the justice minister, Dominique Perben,
promised "a new approach" to the former Red Brigades, hinting that
extraditions were possible.

      Special report

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      1.   Buena onda
      by Cesare Battisti (Author) (Paperback )
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      2.   Le Poulpe : J'aurai ta Pau
      by Cesare Battisti (Author) (Paperback )
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      3.   Les Habits d'ombre
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      4.   Dernières cartouches
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      5.   Avenida revolucion
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 6.   Le Cargo sentimental
      by Cesare Battisti (Author), Claude-Sophie Mazéas (Author)
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