The Paris Court of Appeals today rejected Rome’s request to extradite ten Italian far-left former terrorists who have been living as fugitives in France for more than thirty years.
These are people who have been convicted in Italy for armed action or participation in murders.
According to the Italian press, the French judiciary based its decision on the European Convention on Human Rights, with reference to the health problems of the ten Italian citizens, but also to a controversial interpretation of the laws that allow the sentence “in absentia”.
A possible appeal to the French Supreme Court can only be made by the Attorney General of the Paris Court of Appeal and no longer by the Italian authorities.
The first reaction in Italy was that of Lega secretary Matteo Salvini, who called the verdict of the French judges a “shameful decision”.