Italy Convicts CIA Rendition Agents
In a world first a court in Italy convicted 23 US CIA rendition agents. They were accused of kidnapping Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr from a street in Milan. The court convicted them of flying him to Germany and then to Cairo where he was held for four years without charge. At the time, Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr had been granted politial asylum in Italy.
An Italian judge has convicted 23 US secret agents over the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian imam from a Milan street in an extraordinary rendition by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The trial was the first in the world to centre on the agency's controversial programme, in which "terror" suspects are thought to have been transferred to countries known to practise torture.
Two Italians involved in the kidnapping were sentenced to three years in prison. The Americans were tried in absentia, having fled the country. Twenty-two were handed five year sentences and the Milan CIA station chief given an eight year term.
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