Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed this Thursday his wish that the 10 ex-extreme left Italian activists claimed by Italy for their role during the “years of lead” be “tried on Italian soil”, while French justice is opposed to their extradition.
“I supported the Italian government’s request for these brigadists” in favor of their extradition, said the French president during a press conference in Madrid, adding that he wanted to “see if an appeal in cassation is possible” or “s ‘there are still jurisdictional avenues that would allow us to go further’.
“These people were involved in blood crimes”
He said he wanted to apply the “doctrine that France has always had” which “had only rejected requests for the extradition of people who were not involved in blood crimes”.
“In this case, these people were involved in blood crimes and deserve to be tried on Italian soil. This is the respect we owe to the families of the victims and to the Italian nation,” he added.
A first gesture from Macron in 2021
In the spring of 2021, after months of negotiations, Emmanuel Macron had decided to promote the execution of the extradition requests for these two women and eight men, renewed a year earlier by Rome.
These ten activists, now aged 61 to 78, were wanted by Italy for “acts of terrorism” in the 1970s and 80s.
But the investigating chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal issued an unfavorable opinion on their handing over to Italy, relying on respect for the right to private and family life and on respect for the right to a fair trial (Articles 8 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights).
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