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Italian ex-terrorist Battisti 'risks Brazil expulsion'

'We'll be waiting with open cells' says PdL MP

Italian ex-terrorist Battisti 'risks Brazil expulsion'

(updates previous) Sao Paulo, June 28 - A former Italian left-wing terrorist who has been given asylum in Brazil, Cesare Battisti, risks being expelled from the South American country after the Supreme Court upheld a conviction related to a forged stamp on his passport, Brazilian media reported on Friday. The case is now in the hands of the justice ministry. "We'll be waiting for him with open cells," said Elvira Savino, an MP in ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. Battisti is wanted in Italy for the murder of four people in the 1970s when he was part of an extremist left-wing group. To the outrage of the Italian government, the Brazilian Supreme Court voted in June, 2011 not extradite him and to uphold a decision by Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the grounds that Battisti would face "political persecution" in Italy. It was da Silva's last act as president on January 1, 2011.

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