Cesare Battisti, Italy’s Most Notorious Communist Fugitive, Captured in Disguise

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The Italian government has sent an airplane to Bolivia to collect left-wing militant fugitive Cesare Battisti, the legendary fugitive who is wanted in Italy for four murders he allegedly committed during Italy’s so-called “years of lead” dominated by national terrorism in the 1970s and 80s.

Battisti was arrested late Saturday by Italian agents working with Interpol. He was wearing a fake beard at the time of his arrest in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia. He was walking out in the open, presumably unaware that he was under surveillance by the special agents. On Sunday, Italian State Police tweeted a video of him walking in disguise moments before his arrest.

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