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Italian left-wing militant Cesare Battisti arrived at Brazil’s Supreme Court to learn that he is not to be extradited back home. In fact, the 56-year-old is to be released from jail.

It comes despite having been convicted by a Rome court, in absentia, of four murders committed in the 1970s.

Battisti fled from Europe and was eventually arrested in Brazil, where his supporters were overjoyed at Wednesday’s decision. The Italian government is less so and has already said it will take Brazil to the international court in The Hague over its decision.

Despite being an international fugitive for decades, Battisti has always protested his innocence.

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