Timeline: how Cesare Battisti fled Italian justice for almost four decades

Timeline: how Cesare Battisti fled Italian justice for almost four decades

The key dates in a saga of murder, prison breaks and politics.

Fugitive mafia boss busted at Tuscan balcony barbecue

Fugitive mafia boss busted at Tuscan balcony barbecue

Phony faith healers arrested for gang rape in northern Italy

Phony faith healers arrested for gang rape in northern Italy

Police arrest 18 ‘ultra’ football fans over drug-fuelled violence

Police arrest 18 ‘ultra’ football fans over drug-fuelled violence

Naples police arrest 31 suspected mobsters, including ‘mafia daughters’

Naples police arrest 31 suspected mobsters, including ‘mafia daughters’

Earthquake survivor arrested for refusing to leave his town

Earthquake survivor arrested for refusing to leave his town

Italian couple arrested for sending weapons to Isis

Italian couple arrested for sending weapons to Isis

Italy’s anti-terror police arrest ‘prison jihadist recruiter’

Italy’s anti-terror police arrest ‘prison jihadist recruiter’

Italy police nab mafia fugitive known as ‘The Dancer’

Italy police nab mafia fugitive known as ‘The Dancer’

Fiat heir arrested in US for faking own kidnapping

Fiat heir arrested in US for faking own kidnapping

Isis ‘recruiter’ wanted by Italy arrested in Sudan

Isis ‘recruiter’ wanted by Italy arrested in Sudan

Suspected jihadist arrested in northern Italy

Suspected jihadist arrested in northern Italy

Exorcist priest and soldier arrested for sex abuse in Italy

Exorcist priest and soldier arrested for sex abuse in Italy

Police catch mafia fugitive ‘Mamma’ in secret room in his own home

Police catch mafia fugitive ‘Mamma’ in secret room in his own home

Italy police nab gang of bank card fraudsters

Italy police nab gang of bank card fraudsters

Two arrested over WhatsApp terrorism probe

Two arrested over WhatsApp terrorism probe

Eritrean held in Italy denies being trafficking kingpin

Eritrean held in Italy denies being trafficking kingpin

How the mafia infiltrated this Italian town’s anti-mafia group

How the mafia infiltrated this Italian town’s anti-mafia group

Milan court condemns Italian ‘jihadi family’

Milan court condemns Italian ‘jihadi family’

Dozens hurt as football thugs rampage in Naples

Dozens hurt as football thugs rampage in Naples

Italian police arrest 48 ‘Ndrangheta suspects

Italian police arrest 48 ‘Ndrangheta suspects

Brazil arrests mafioso on the run since 1980s

Brazil arrests mafioso on the run since 1980s

Italian footballer arrested over Harrods theft

Italian footballer arrested over Harrods theft

Italy arrests man linked to Turkish radicals

Italy arrests man linked to Turkish radicals

One dead in Naples supermarket shoot-out

One dead in Naples supermarket shoot-out

Boy abused and sold for sex online by dad

Boy abused and sold for sex online by dad

Italian tourist arrested for Japan kiss

Italian tourist arrested for Japan kiss

Vatican ex-envoy faces trial over child abuse

Vatican ex-envoy faces trial over child abuse

Fraudsters target elderly in ‘grandchild’ scam

Fraudsters target elderly in ‘grandchild’ scam

Ex-Berlusconi MP arrested over mafia links

Ex-Berlusconi MP arrested over mafia links

Woman begs for arrest to get husband’s attention

Woman begs for arrest to get husband’s attention

Man poisons wife ‘for Catholic radio obsession’

Man poisons wife ‘for Catholic radio obsession’

Drunk driver eats alcohol test in bid to avoid arrest

Drunk driver eats alcohol test in bid to avoid arrest

‘Mustard gang’ of robbers arrested in Rome

‘Mustard gang’ of robbers arrested in Rome

Italian TV star arrested for sex with boys

Italian TV star arrested for sex with boys

Cocaine king and escape artist

Cocaine king and escape artist

Care home workers held over patient abuse

Care home workers held over patient abuse

Cesare Battisti is finally back in an Italian prison, nearly 40 years after he escaped

Cesare Battisti is finally back in an Italian prison, nearly 40 years after he escaped

Italian police bust people-trafficking ring in Lombardy

Italian police bust people-trafficking ring in Lombardy

Suspect found 32 years after Italy judge murder

Suspect found 32 years after Italy judge murder

Renzi under pressure over brutal Sicily murder

Renzi under pressure over brutal Sicily murder

Girl, 16, raped by man posing as police officer

Girl, 16, raped by man posing as police officer

Two arrested in massive migrant cash scam

Two arrested in massive migrant cash scam

Mastermind of mafia’s child murder caught

Mastermind of mafia’s child murder caught

Brazilian police arrest Italian extremist

Brazilian police arrest Italian extremist

Nuns’ murder: Burundi radio boss freed on bail

Nuns’ murder: Burundi radio boss freed on bail

Italian police arrest ‘people smugglers’

Italian police arrest ‘people smugglers’