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Paris Court Rejects Italy’s Request to Extradite Former Leftist Militants

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On Wednesday, the Paris Court of Appeal announced that it had denied Italy’s plea to extradite six former communist militants detained by French authorities in the previous year. The court issued a statement saying it rejected the request for extradition of ten persons convicted in Italy for actions done before 1993. The court’s decision may be seen here.

The statement referred to the right to a fair trial and respect for one’s private and family life, all of which are outlined in articles 8 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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The office of French President Emmanuel Macron has refrained from commenting on the court verdict, even though prominent Italian politicians have criticised the decision.
It was described as “unacceptable and disgraceful” by Giorgia Meloni, the head of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, now in the lead in opinion surveys. It was described as “disgusting” by her ally on the right, Matteo Salvini, the head of the League party.

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