13 July, 2012 - A former CIA operative is appealing her conviction in absentia in Italian court for the role she played -- or didn't play, she says -- in the extraordinary rendition of Abu Omar from Italy to Egypt, where he says he was tortured.
In 2003, Sabrina De Sousa was working as an undercover CIA operative in Milan when an Egyptian terrorist suspect, Muslim cleric Abu Omar, was abducted and flown to Egypt, where he says he was tortured and interrogated.
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In 2009, several Americans, including De Sousa, were indicted in Italy and found guilty in absentia for kidnapping. While the others were granted diplomatic immunity, De Sousa wasn't and she was sentenced to five years in prison.
DeSousa sued the State Department, trying to force them to grant her diplomatic status, and therefore diplomatic immunity, but that part of the lawsuit was thrown out by a federal judge. DeSousa's avoided arrests, but only by staying in the United States. read more>>>