September 19th, 2012
01:03 PM ET

Italy upholds convictions of Americans in kidnap case

The Italian Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 Americans who were found guilty in absentia three years ago in connection with the 2003 kidnapping of a terror suspect in Milan.

The Americans, many of whom were thought to have worked for the United States' CIA, never appeared for trial and are not in Italian custody. The Italian government hasn't asked for their extradition.

The case centered on the "extraordinary rendition" of a Muslim cleric, Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, or Abu Omar. He was seized on the streets of Milan, Italy, in 2003, transferred to Egypt and tortured, he said. He was suspected of recruiting men to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and was under heavy surveillance by Italy's intelligence agency.

Prosecutors said he was nabbed by a CIA team working with Italian intelligence officials.

The trial was the first to deal with a practice that human rights groups call "extraordinary rendition." They say the United States has often sent suspects to countries that practice torture. Washington acknowledges making secret "rendition" transfers of terrorism suspects between countries but denies using torture or handing suspects over to countries that do.

A total of 22 Americans were each sentenced to five years in prison for their role in his abduction. Another - Robert Seldon Lady, whom prosecutors said was the CIA station chief in Milan - was sentenced to eight years in jail.

Former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer told CNN in the past that the Italian military secret service had approved the operation involving Hassan, and CIA sources who refused to be named told CNN in 2005 that the agency had briefed and sought approval from its Italian counterpart for such an abduction.

The Italian government at the time - which was led by Silvio Berlusconi - vigorously denied having authorized Hassan's kidnapping, which it called illegal.

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  1. Philip

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    September 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    That show was as big a croc as Farenheit 911. Anyway, where's Joey dagnabit.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bfibel

    Rational people look at how horrible Obama's policies have been for this country and recognize Romney cant help but be better. Emotional children cry that Romney said something hurtful even though his comments are not far from the truth that Obama's goal is to make it so that a majority of Americans are dependent on the government.

    September 20, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. @bfible

    The majority of the people were dependants of the government before President Obama was elected.
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    It is not President Obamas fault this dragon eating it's own tail.

    September 20, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. virgin preacher

    CAROL ROBERT and the white feminists in both AMERICA and in the UK, have been trick by BILL CLINTON and by his fallen BLACK ANTEBELLUM and hiphop angels in beliving it will be easy to get rid of andre himes not knowning about the power of the holy lamb of GOD , who has been guarding ANDRE'S life since the day he was born at SHAW AIR FORCE on april 30m 1965 ,however since BILL CLINTON(the beast of revelation 13) and those demons who rule AMERICA from those BLACK AMERICAN CHURCHES , all knew ANDRE HIMES had been chosen by the LORD JESUS CHRIST and since they knew his future the day he was born , none of them will be surpise by his miraculous survival in the future.Under racial profiling many black americans were arrested and were either martyred within the prison system or were deported to AFRICA ,where many of them were martyred there and where many of them were buried in mass graves in both the SUDAN and in the CONGO and it was this act as well as the rise of the hip hop nation which had been summon against BLACK AMERICA by the white feminists AND by those white who have a long history of embracing white supremacy is what has contribute to the black holocaust in which black american human population were exterminated . Mean while a new demonic black america arisen from both the BLACK ANTEBELLUM and then HIP HOP NATION and based stereotypical images of low class ,POVERTY STRICKEN AND CRIMINALLY PRONE BLACKS and has replace the BLACK AMERICAN human population.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Besker Land M

    the problem when you make others job, we get blamed

    September 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
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