A French court on Wednesday ruled in favor of extraditing an Italian leftist wanted for murder who escaped from prison in the 1980s to make a quiet new life as a writer in France. It was not immediately clear whether Cesare Battisti plans to appeal to the Court of Cassation, France’s highest appeals court. He also can appeal to the Council of State. Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has the final say on any extradition. Battisti’s case has become a cause celebre for liberal French intellectuals opposed to France decision to end a two-decade asylum policy that kept him and other Italian leftist activists safe. Full Story
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