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The Latest: Italian militant reassigned to island prison

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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Italian Justice minister Alfonso Bonafede, right, talk to the press after Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrived at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italian fugitive captured in Bolivia (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

A left-wing Italian militant who spent 37 years as a fugitive is being transferred to a maximum-security prison in remote western Sardinia.

Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede said security concerns prompted the change in plans for where Cesare Battisti will serve a life sentence for murder. Originally, Battisti was assigned to Rome's Rebibbia prison.

He arrived in Rome on Monday on a military aircraft from Bolivia, where he was arrested over the weekend in a dramatic end to Italy's effort to bring him to justice.

Bonafede said Battisti would now be imprisoned at Sardinia's Oristano prison, which generally houses high-security inmates serving long sentences.

Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 as he awaited trial. He was eventually convicted in the deaths of four people.

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11:45 a.m.

A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago has arrived in Rome to serve a life prison sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents.

An Italian military aircraft carrying Cesare Battisti landed at Rome's Ciampino airport shortly after 1030 GMT (11:30 a.m. local) Monday, as snipers kept watch. Italy's justice and interior ministers, who have rejoiced that Battisti's victims will finally see justice, were on hand to turn him over to prison authorities.

Battisti was arrested Saturday in Santa Cruz, Bolivia's largest city, where he was located by intelligence agents after using one of his mobile devices. Italy sent an aircraft to bring him home for the first time since he fled in 1981 as he awaited trial and dodged extradition by claiming to sympathetic left-wing governments on both sides of the Atlantic that he was a political refugee.

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6:15 a.m.

A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents.

Cesare Battisti was handed over to Italian custody late Sunday in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, where he was located by Italian intelligence agents after using one of his mobile devices. Italy sent a government aircraft to pick him up, and the plane left late Sunday.

A photo released by the Italian interior ministry showed Battisti sitting in the aircraft with a gray blanket over his lap.

He was due to arrive in Rome on Monday afternoon and be immediately transferred to the capital's main Rebibbia prison.

A man who appears to be Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti enters the cabin door of a plane before it takes off for Italy, where he will serve a life sentence, at the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo)
In this image made available by the Italian Interior Ministry on Monday Jan. 14, 2019, Cesare Battisti boards a plane at Santa Cruz de la Sierra airport in Bolivia to travel to Rome. Battisti, a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (Italian Interior Ministry via AP)
In this frame grab taken by a video released by the Italian Police, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, Italian fugitive communist militant Cesare Battisti walks in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Italy sent an aircraft to Bolivia on Sunday to pick up Battisti after he was captured there nearly three decades after he was convicted of murder, setting the stage for a climax to one of Italy’s longest-running sagas.(Italian Police Via AP)
FILE - In this April 12, 2012 file photo, Italian Cesare Battisti attends the presentation of his book about his experience in prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Italy sent an aircraft to Bolivia on Sunday Jan. 13, 2019, to pick up fugitive communist militant Cesare Battisti after he was captured there nearly three decades after he was convicted of murder, setting the stage for a climax to one of Italy’s longest-running sagas. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
A man who appears to be Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti enters the cabin door of a plane before it takes off for Italy, where he will serve a life sentence, at the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti is escorted by police as he leaves Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti is escorted by police as he leaves Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2018. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, left, and Justice Minister Afonso Bonafede, right, wait for the arrival of the fugitive Cesare Battisti at Ciampino military airport in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2018. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti, center, arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti is escorted by police as he leaves Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti is escorted by police as he leaves Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
FILE - In this April 12, 2012 file photo, Italian Cesare Battisti attends the presentation of his book about his experience in prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Italy sent an aircraft to Bolivia on Sunday Jan. 13, 2019, to pick up fugitive communist militant Cesare Battisti after he was captured there nearly three decades after he was convicted of murder, setting the stage for a climax to one of Italy’s longest-running sagas. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
FILE - In this April 12, 2012 file photo, Italian Cesare Battisti attends the presentation of his book about his experience in prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Italy sent an aircraft to Bolivia on Sunday Jan. 13, 2019, to pick up fugitive communist militant Cesare Battisti after he was captured there nearly three decades after he was convicted of murder, setting the stage for a climax to one of Italy’s longest-running sagas. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
In this image made available by the Italian Interior Ministry on Monday Jan. 14, 2019, Cesare Battisti boards a plane at Santa Cruz de la Sierra airport in Bolivia to travel to Rome. Battisti, a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (Italian Interior Ministry via AP)
In this image made available by the Italian Interior Ministry on Monday Jan. 14, 2019, Cesare Battisti boards a plane at Santa Cruz de la Sierra airport in Bolivia to travel to Rome. Battisti, a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (Italian Interior Ministry via AP)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti, center, arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti, center, arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A man who appears to be Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti enters the cabin door of a plane before it takes off for Italy, where he will serve a life sentence, at the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo)
A man who appears to be Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti enters the cabin door of a plane before it takes off for Italy, where he will serve a life sentence, at the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2018. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2018. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Italian Justice minister Alfonso Bonafede, right, talk to the press after Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrived at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Italian Justice minister Alfonso Bonafede, right, talk to the press after Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrived at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, left, and Justice Minister Afonso Bonafede, right, wait for the arrival of the fugitive Cesare Battisti at Ciampino military airport in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2018. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, left, and Justice Minister Afonso Bonafede, right, wait for the arrival of the fugitive Cesare Battisti at Ciampino military airport in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2018. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
In this frame grab taken by a video released by the Italian Police, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, Italian fugitive communist militant Cesare Battisti walks in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Italy sent an aircraft to Bolivia on Sunday to pick up Battisti after he was captured there nearly three decades after he was convicted of murder, setting the stage for a climax to one of Italy’s longest-running sagas.(Italian Police Via AP)
In this frame grab taken by a video released by the Italian Police, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, Italian fugitive communist militant Cesare Battisti walks in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Italy sent an aircraft to Bolivia on Sunday to pick up Battisti after he was captured there nearly three decades after he was convicted of murder, setting the stage for a climax to one of Italy’s longest-running sagas.(Italian Police Via AP)
A man who appears to be Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti enters the cabin door of a plane before it takes off for Italy, where he will serve a life sentence, at the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo)
A man who appears to be Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti enters the cabin door of a plane before it takes off for Italy, where he will serve a life sentence, at the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti arrives at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago is heading home to serve a life sentence, after his life as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia by a team of Interpol agents. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti is escorted by police as he leaves Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti is escorted by police as he leaves Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)