Benjamin Geer on Tue, 27 Apr 2004 08:58:02 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Civil and human Rights (from indymedia)

Aliette Guibert wrote:
> Around 150 former Italian activists, condemned in Italy for actions linked
> with the political and social upheaval of the 1970s

Translation: nutters who believed that murdering politicians and random 
civilians would make them popular.

> Since 1981, they have been legally residing there on the promise
> made by the former French President Francois Mitterrand.

Ahem.  François Mitterand was a model of legality?  His arbitrary 
decision to flout the Italian judicial system should be accepted as gospel?

> Cesare Battisti, the author of several detective novels

Writing detective novels makes you above the law?

> In Cesare's situation, the Italian governement convicted him in his absence
> with only repentant's testimonies.

If he didn't want to be tried in absentia, he shouldn't have fled Italy. 
And if he thinks his conviction was unjust, he should appeal, like 
anyone else.  That's called justice.


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