Paris court rejects Italy’s extradition request for former Red Brigades members, ex-terrorists

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A Paris court on Wednesday ruled against the extradition to Italy of 10 former left-wing activists, including some former members of the Red Brigades, convicted of crimes of domestic terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s.

Italian nationals had been living in freedom in France for decades after fleeing Italy before they could be imprisoned to serve their sentences.

Crimes for which they have been convicted include the 1980 murder of a Carabinieri paramilitary general and the kidnapping of a judge the same year.

All 10, only some of whom were linked to the murderous Red Brigades group, have spent the past 14 months under French judicial supervision as judges deliberate Italy’s extradition request following the arrests of activists and from the police interrogation a year ago.

The Paris appeals court said in a statement that it had rejected Italy’s extradition request for each member of the group of 10 men and women, but did not explain its reasoning.

Wednesday’s decision can still be appealed to France’s highest court.

Italy’s justice ministry said in a statement that it respects the French judicial process while waiting to hear assessments of the decision from the Paris attorney general, who is the only one authorized to appeal the court’s decision to refuse. the extradition of each of the 10 condemned. militants.

“I am waiting to know the reasons for the decision which refuses all extraditions without distinction,” said Italian Justice Minister Marta Cartabia.

“This is a long-awaited decision for the victims and the whole country, which concerns a dramatic and always painful page in our history,” Cartabia said.

The French presidency said it would not comment on the court’s decision.

The reluctance of French authorities to detain convicted former Italian left-wing activists living in France has long been a thorny issue between Paris and Rome.

Italy has requested the extradition of around 200 convicted former activists believed to be in France over the years.

Italy’s far-left Red Brigades group killed around 50 people during a campaign of terror in the 1970s and 1980s.



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