Portugal to deport ex-CIA agent to Italy for helping kidnap Egyptian cleric

January 15, 2016 19:40
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A Portuguese court has decided to extradite an ex-CIA agent to Italy, where she has been convicted of involvement in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric under the US "extraordinary rendition" program, legal papers showed on Friday.

Sabrina De Sousa, a joint US-Portuguese citizen, was one of 26 people convicted in absentia on charges of snatching Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr from a street in Milan in 2003 and taking him to be questioned in Egypt.

The case focused attention at the time on the treatment of suspects moved around the world for interrogation in the wake of the Sep. 11 2001 attacks and strained relations between Washington and Rome.

De Sousa's lawyer told Reuters on Friday there were no grounds for extradition and he would appeal to Portugal's top court.

De Sousa was arrested in Portugal in October at the request of Italian prosecutors, who want her to serve a six-year sentence.

The regional court of Lisbon ordered on Tuesday that De Sousa "be handed over to Italian authorities so that she can be notified of the initial decision," according to a copy of the court decision sent to Reuters on Friday.

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