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Cesare Battisti, 'Terrorist' Fugitive, Asylum Sparks Anti-Brazil Protests In Italy (PHOTOS)

AP/The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/04/11 04:32 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

(AP) Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has met with the son of one of the victims of fugitive rebel Cesare Battisti as the government increases pressure over Brazil's decision not to extradite him. (Scroll down for photos)

Berlusconi stressed Tuesday that relations with Brazil remain unchanged but that Italy considers the Battisti case a matter of justice.

Battisti, a former leftist rebel, was convicted of four murders carried out in the late 1970s. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva refused to extradite him on his last day in office.

A sit-in was planned Tuesday in front of Brazil's embassy. And Foreign Minister Franco Frattini met with Italy's recalled ambassador to Brazil and Italy's EU representative to study legal options at the European level to pressure Brazil to turn Battisti over.

View photos of the protests in Rome here:


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A demonstrator holds a placard reading: "Battisti extradition now" during a protest in front of the Brazilian embassy in Rome.
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