Italy Reinstates Convictions and Orders Prison for Ex-CIA Agents
The highest court in Italy has reversed a lower court's decision to acquit three CIA agents for their conduct in a 2003 extraordinary rendition case. This brings the number of Americans convicted for participating in the CIA's torture program to 26. The court also increased the sentences of some of those convicted earlier, from 5 to 7 years.
Among those sentenced: Former Rome CIA Station Chief Jeff Castelli who received a sentence of 7 years. The former CIA Station Chief in Milan, Robert Lady, had his sentence increased to 9 years, which makes him eligible for extradition. [More...]
A 2006 amnesty, which applies to these cases, reduces the sentences by three years, bringing Lady's to six years; all of the other sentences, including those handed down Friday, would fall below the extradition threshold.
All were tried and sentenced in absentia, but they are subject to arrest if they travel almost anywhere in Europe.
Those who were flown via Ghost Air to various secret detention facilities around the world were not just subject to harsh interrogation techniques. There was torture. See Benyam Mohammed's account of genital cuts and more. Also see here and several posts accumulated here.
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