CIA Agents Convicted in Landmark Italian Rendition Case
Representing a landmark indictment of the Bush administration’s extraordinary rendition program, a court in Italy on Wednesday convicted 23 Americans accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric from Milan in 2003. In the practice of extraordinary rendition, suspects for whom there is no warrant are kidnapped in one country and sent to another country to be interrogated. In this case, the first in which CIA operatives have faced a criminal trial, twenty-six Americans were tried, all in absentia, but three were acquitted, including the former Rome station chief for the CIA, because they were covered by diplomatic immunity.
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