Convicted Italian Activist Arrested for Seven Hours in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Italian activist, Cesare Battisti was arrested in São Paulo on Thursday, March 12th and faced deportation to Italy, where he has been convicted to life in prison for four homicides, only to be released seven hours later due to a habeas corpus given by judge, Cândido Ribeiro.

Battisti, who is sixty years old, was arrested in Embu das Artes, within the São Paulo Metropolitan area, because the Brazilian permanence visa on his passport had been canceled at the beginning of March. At that time, the courts . . .

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