Will France extradite the former leftist militant to Italy?

Will France extradite the former leftist militant to Italy?

Italy has formally asked France to extradite a former leftist militant believed to have been active during the country's so-called "Years of Lead", the French ministry of justice said.


Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini last month urged French President Emmanuel Macron to extradite leftist guerrillas who have been hiding in France for decades to avoid serving prison sentences in Italy.


"As of today, talks between the French and Italian Justice ministries are being held over 15 cases," a spokesman for France's justice ministry said late on Monday, adding Italy had sent an official extradition request concerning one militant last week.


The spokesman said he was expecting a second request in the coming days and that a meeting would take place on Wednesday to discuss Italy's demands, but that no decision was expected then.


There are nine Italian leftist fugitives living in France, according to Rome’s la Repubblica newspaper, including three convicted for playing a role in the 1978 kidnapping of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro.


The request by Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, to Macron last month came after the return of communist militant Cesare Battisti to Italy from Bolivia to serve a life sentence for his involvement in four murders in the late 1970s.
Source: Euronews