Cesare Battisti, a former left-wing activist, arrived in Italy on Monday to serve life after being convicted in 1981 for his direct and indirect role in four murders.
– Pier Luigi Torregiani, the jeweler –
On 16 February 1979, a commando of PAC (Armed Proletarians for Communism), a far-left group considered "terrorist" from Rome, defeated Pier Luigi Torregiani in front of the window of his Milanese jewelery and under the eyes of his son, Alberto, 15 years. Severely wounded, Alberto becomes tetraplegic. "Now the victims can rest in peace," he said when he learned of the extradition of Cesare Battisti.
Cesare Battisti is condemned for having instigated the murder, decided because the jeweler had defended himself during a robbery attempt.
– Lino Sabbadin, the butcher –
On the same day, February 16, 1979, Cesare Battisti covered accomplices attacking the butcher's shop of Lino Sabbadin, 45, in Mestre, near Venice, for the same reasons: the butcher had mortally wounded his attacker during an attempted robbing in December 1978. He was also an extreme right-wing activist. "I have been waiting for this day for 40 years", said his 17-year-old son Adriano at his Italian newspaper after his father's death.
For this murder, Cesare Battisti was also convicted of complicity.
– Antonio Santoro, the prison guard –
On 6 June 1978, Cesare Battisti killed an officer in the corps of prison guards in Udine (north-east) who was responsible for the city's arresting house, Antonio Santoro, 51, accused of mistreating detainees.
Cesare Battisti is convicted of killing this prison officer.
– Andrea Campagna, the police driver –
On April 19, 1979, Cesare Battisti killed the 24 year old Andrea Campagna in Milan, a driver of the Digos, the Italian secret service in charge of the fight against terrorism and the extreme left. "Andrea was a driver, not an investigator (…) They came from behind and shot him in the head," his brother Maurizio told La Repubblica.
Cesare Battisti was condemned for firing this deadly blow. In the statement issued by the CAP, Andrea Campagna is called a "torturer of proletarians".