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Bolivia extradites ex-Italian left-wing militant Cesare Battisti

ANI  |  La Paz [Bolivia] 

The on Sunday extradited Battisti, the former Italian left-wing militant, who is wanted by for four murders in the European country in the 1970s.

Confirming the development, Italian said that was handed over to Italian authorities and a chartered plane had departed from for

"The plane carrying took off now, heading for I am proud and moved," he tweeted in Italian.

was arrested in on Saturday after an international police squad tracked him to the South American country, following his extradition to and

Battisti, a former member of Armed Proletarians for Communism, an outlawed Italian far-left terrorist group, escaped from prison in Italy in 1981. Thereupon, he was convicted in absentia for four counts of murder. However, he had denied the charges levelled against him, despite acknowledging his membership with the Italian terrorist organisation.

On December 15 last year, Brazil's outgoing had passed orders for Battisti's extradition after the ordered his arrest.

Fearing extradition charges, Battisti had initially escaped to and then before fleeing to His arrest in in 2007 further instigated the to request Brazil for sending him back to his homeland.

In 2010, the Italian fugitive was granted asylum under the rule of then Brazilian

Battisti was detained in 2017 while trying to cross the Brazil-border carrying a huge amount of undeclared cash, amounting to approximately USD 7,500. He was, however, released within the next two days.

During his campaign for the Brazilian last year, incumbent promised to extradite Battisti "immediately" to Italy.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 06:45 IST