Written question – Refusal to extradite Cesare Battisti and new trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur – E-007084/2017

The Italian terrorist Cesare Battisti has been sentenced to life imprisonment for four murders. A fugitive for more than 36 years, he is now living in Brazil. In South America, Battisti has enjoyed political refugee status since 2004 and in 2010 obtained the right of asylum and a permanent visa after his extradition had been blocked by the President of Brazil at that time, Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, and then by Lula’s successor, President Dilma Rousseff; that decision was taken even though the Public Prosecutor’s Office and later the Brazilian Supreme Court had given permission for Battisti to be handed back to Italy. At present, a trade agreement is being negotiated between the EU and Mercosur, an organisation to which Brazil belongs.

Given that fact and the refusal to extradite Cesare Battisti to Italy, even though his life sentence was the result of due process, will the Commission, when conducting the negotiations on the new EU-Mercosur trade agreement, consider the possibility of imposing conditions regarding genuine judicial cooperation and the resolution of cases still outstanding?