Italy has condemned a decision by the Brazilian government to offer refugee status to the left-wing Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti.
He is wanted in connection with four murders in the 1970s, but has been fighting his extradition from a jail in Brazil. Italy has called on the Brazilian president to reconsider the decision made by his government. The justice minister said there was evidence that Battisti could face political persecution if sent back to Rome. The left-wing activist was sentenced to life in absentia by an Italian court in 1993. He was arrested in Brazil in 2007 and the Supreme Court is yet to rule on Italy’s extradition request. The Italian interior minister has slammed the granting of refugee status as “grave and offensive”.