Italy has asked Tunisia to extradite Bettino Craxi, the former Italian prime minister facing corruption charges at home, Italy’s ambassador said Friday.
The 61-year-old Craxi, citing health reasons, has refused to leave Tunisia, where he has holed up in a Mediterranean seaside villa in Hamamet since fleeing Italy in 1993.
Francesco Carruso, the Italian ambassador, said he expected a response from Tunisia “in a few days.” Craxi will be required to go before a Tunisian court to respond to the extradition request, he said.
Craxi faces two international arrest warrants, the latest filed this month. He has been investigated in a dozen scandals involving corruption and illicit financing of his Socialist party, and was sentenced last year in absentia in two corruption trials.