July 22, 1995 in Nation/World

Ex-Socialist Premier Declared A Fugitive

Compiled From Wire Services

A court on Friday declared Bettino Craxi, the former Socialist premier who was toppled by corruption scandals, a fugitive from justice.

After seeing politicians by the hundreds jailed for investigation in kickback cases, Craxi headed to his villa on Tunisia’s Mediterranean shore in 1993 and has refused to return for trial.

In response to prosecutors hoping to improve prospects for Craxi’s extradition, a Milan court declared Friday that the man who for much of the 1980s was a political kingmaker was not just out of the reach of Italian law, but also a fugitive. An arrest warrant was issued for Craxi two weeks ago.

Craxi, who has diabetes, has said poor health won’t let him travel. He has also painted himself as the victim of political vendettas.

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