Italian Court Convicts 23 Americans In CIA Rendition Case
On Wednesday an Italian court convicted 22 C.I.A. agents and a U.S. Air Force Colonel for the extraordinary rendition of a Muslim cleric. The former head of the C.I.A. station in Milan, Robert Lady, was sentenced to 8 years for orchestrating the seizure. Most of the others tried were given 5 year sentences.
The cleric was flown to Egypt where he says he was tortured at the behest of the C.I.A. This is the first time C.I.A. agents have faced criminal trial for the practice of extraordinary rendition. The Americans were tried in absentia. The prosecutor says he will seek their extradition from the United States. Read more at The Guardian and Washington Post.