01/01/2011NEWS IN ENGLISH – In spite of Battisti decision, Italian ambassador expected at inauguration
Débora Zampier Reporter Agencia Brasil
Brasilia – Although the Italian government was not at all happy with the decision by president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva not to extradite the convicted Italian terrorist, Cesare Battisti, Brazilian authorities say they still expect the Italian ambassador to attend the Dilma Rousseff inauguration.
However, it is certain that as a result of the decision not to extradite Battisti, the Italian ambassador will return to Rome next week.
The exit of the ambassador is a demonstration of exteme displeasure, explains Nabor Bulhões, the lawyer who defended the position of the Italian government in the Battisti case. Bulhões added that as the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has stated, the case is not over. “This is illegal and abusive under both domestic and international law. We will file a lawsuit next week challenging the decision by president Lula,” declared Bulhões. The lawyer went on to point out that the Brazilian Supreme Court had already overruled the minister of Justice (Tarso Genro) decision to give Battisti refugee status in Brazil and authorized the extradition.
However, in announcing the decision, Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, said he did not believe it would affect bilateral relations.
Meanwhile, in the Italian media, the case is seen as possibly becoming a crisis in Brazil-Italy relations. For example, the Corriere Della Serra, in an online report, called the decision by Lula “impertinent.”
Allen Bennett – translator/editor The News in English
Link – Itamaraty afirma que embaixador da Itália é aguardado na posse de Dilma Rousseff Link – Decisão brasileira sobre Battisti é destaque na mídia internacional Link – Amorim: decisão sobre Battisti não prejudicará relação com a Itália Link – Advogado da Itália afirma que não extradição de Battisti é grave ilícito interno e internacional