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Battisti lawyer named to Brazil's Supreme Court

Battisti lawyer named to Brazil's Supreme  Court

The lawyer who successfully defended former Italian militant Cesare Battisti against extradition has been named to Brazil's Supreme Court.
President Dilma Rousseff appointed Luis Roberto Barroso to the high court on Thursday.
Barroso represented Battisti in 2011 when the Supreme Court convened to decide whether to extradite him to Italy to be tried for four political killings committed in the 1970s.
The court upheld former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's 2010 decision to deny Italy's extradition request.
Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial. He was convicted in absentia in 1990, and sentenced to life in prison. He was arrested in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 at the request of Interpol.
He received documents two years ago allowing him to live and work in Brazil.

Updated : 2021-06-19 00:14 GMT+08:00